What Do You Value Most?

What you value most is what you spend the most time doing. What you spend the most time doing is what fills you with the most joy.

When was the last time you experienced joy in God’s word? I pray that you experience it every day. If not, perhaps you need to learn from the example of the writer of Psalm 119.

Psalm 119 contains 176 verses that beautifully express the greatness of God’s word and the psalmist’s delight in it. The writer of the psalm described God’s word in various ways—as law, commandments, precepts, rules, statutes, et al. The psalmist understood God’s word to be all that was contained in the Old Testament Scriptures. As New Testament believers we understand that the whole Bible is God’s inspired word. We know that it both reveals his plan of redemption through his Son and equips God’s people for service.

Scripture really is an amazing gift from God. It is a demonstration of his grace to us that we have this record of his self-revelation. The psalmist recognized this fact and expressed the value of Scripture in the monetary terms of his day. He wrote,

“The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces” (119:72).

There wasn’t much of more value in the psalmist’s day than items of gold and silver. Yet, he understood that God’s law, his instruction written in Scripture, was worth far more.

The value of Scripture is not just a 2,500 year-old sentiment. It is as true now as it was then. God’s word is more valuable than any amount of money one could ever accumulate.

Is it that valuable to you? Before you answer with an emphatic “yes,” consider that which you truly value. Whatever you spend time doing is what you value most. Is God’s word better to you than television, movies, internet, smartphones, music, hobbies, sports, hunting, fishing, fitness, beauty, friends, family, work or service? I’m sure you could add more to this list.

My fear is that our hearts are so far from delighting in God’s word that we value it much less than life’s most trivial pursuits. How is it that we can treat what God has revealed to us as of such little value?

Let me encourage you to delight in God’s word, to meditate on it, to believe it, to be consumed with longing for it at all times. Turn off the TV, shut down the computer, say “no” to that activity, and consume God’s word. Train to increase your appetite for Scripture. All other pursuits will begin to taste stale in comparison. It is then that you’ll begin to experience the eternal joy of God’s presence in his word.

God, give us hearts to delight in Scripture. By your grace may our joy increase in you and your word.

Week 22 Bible Readings

New Testament

27 May:  Acts 24

28 May:  Acts 25

29 May:  Acts 26:1-27:13

30 May:  Acts 27:14-44

31 May:  Acts 28

1 June:  Romans 1:1-15

2 June:  Romans 1:16-32

Old Testament

27 May:  Isaiah 11, 12, 13

28 May:  Isaiah 14, 15, 16

29 May:  Isaiah 17, 18, 19

30 May:  Isaiah 20, 21, 22

31 May:  Isaiah 23, 24, 25

1 June:  Isaiah 26, 27

2 June:  Isaiah 28, 29

Week 21 Bible Readings

New Testament

20 May:  Acts 17:16-34

21 May:  Acts 18:1-19:10

22 May:  Acts 19:11-41

23 May:  Acts 20

24 May:  Acts 21

25 May:  Acts 22

26 May:  Acts 23

Old Testament

20 May:  Numbers 31, 32, 33

21 May:  Numbers 34, 35, 36

22 May:  Isaiah 1, 2

23 May:  Isaiah 3, 4

24 May:  Isaiah 5, 6

25 May:  Isaiah 7, 8

26 May:  Isaiah 9, 10

Week 20 Bible Readings

New Testament

13 May:  Acts 11:19-12:19

14 May:  Acts 12:20-13:18

15 May:  Acts 13:19-52

16 May:  Acts 14

17 May:  Acts 15

18 May:  Acts 16:1-30

19 May:  Acts 16:31-17:15

Old Testament

13 May:  Numbers 12, 13, 14

14 May:  Numbers 15, 16

15 May:  Numbers 17, 18, 19

16 May:  Numbers 20, 21, 22

17 May:  Numbers 23, 24, 25

18 May:  Numbers 26, 27

19 May:  Numbers 28, 29, 30

Week 19 Bible Readings

New Testament

6 May:  Acts 6

7 May:  Acts 7:1-53

8 May:  Acts 7:54-8:24

9 May:  Acts 8:25-9:19

10 May:  Acts 9:20-43

11 May:  Acts 10:1-33

12 May:  Acts 10:34-11:18

Old Testament

6 May:  Song of Solomon 4, 5

7 May:  Song of Solomon 6, 7, 8

8 May:  Numbers 1, 2

9 May:  Numbers 3, 4

10 May:  Numbers 5, 6

11 May:  Numbers 7, 8

12 May:  Numbers 9, 10, 11

Week 18 Bible Readings

New Testament

29 April:  John 20

30 April:  John 21

1 May:  Acts 1

2 May:  Acts 2:1-36

3 May:  Acts 2:37-3:26

4 May:  Acts 4

5 May:  Acts 5

Old Testament

29 April:  Leviticus 17, 18

30 April:  Leviticus 19, 20

1 May:  Leviticus 21, 22

2 May:  Leviticus 23, 24

3 May:  Leviticus 25

4 May:  Leviticus 26, 27

5 May:  Song of Solomon 1, 2, 3

Week 17 Bible Readings

New Testament

22 April:  John 13:21-14:15

23 April:  John 14:16-15:17

24 April:  John 15:18-16:22

25 April:  John 16:23-17:26

26 April:  John 18:1-24

27 April:  John 18:25-19:15

28 April:  John 19:16-42

Old Testament

22 April:  Leviticus 4, 5

23 April:  Leviticus 6, 7

24 April:  Leviticus 8, 9, 10

25 April:  Leviticus 11, 12

26 April:  Leviticus 13

27 April:  Leviticus 14

28 April:  Leviticus 15, 16