“I have rejoiced in the way of your testimonies, as much as in all riches,” Psalm 119:14.
Why do we rejoice in riches? Because the intrinsic value in riches has great potential to enrich our lives. We readily recognize the value of monetary riches, but we also know that there are greater riches than that of gold or silver. There are the riches of God’s handiwork displayed in nature, music and art. Also of greater value are the riches of peace, honesty and integrity among men and the highly prized riches of genuine friendships and loving family relationships.
Why would we rejoice in the testimonies of God? Because it is through God’s word that we can know the richest of all riches and that which lasts forever even when other riches fade away — that is, the richness of having a personal relationship with God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is through the testimonies of God that his son is revealed, as Jesus says in John 5:39, “You search the Scriptures ... it is these that testify about me.”
The Scriptures reveal that Jesus is the son of God, who became man born of the virgin Mary in the village of Bethlehem, who perfectly obeyed the Father — being without sin both by birth and by choice, and who came to fulfill the prophetic word of God (“the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on him,” Isaiah 53:6) as he was crucified for our sins.
God’s testimonies reveal to us that Christ rose triumphantly from the dead on the third day just as he had prophesied. He is the crucified and risen savior of all who call upon him.
Why should we call upon Christ for salvation? From what do we need to be saved? Again, in the richness of God’s word, God honestly reveals our condition: we are spiritually sick and spiritually dead. We have willingly rebelled against our creator God, deliberately refusing to obey him and delightfully honoring ourselves above all. We trust in and worship ourselves and have deceived ourselves into thinking that our rebellion against God will never be punished, that one day we will all be in a happy place.
God’s word convicts us of our rebellion and instructs us to cry out to the one (and only one) who can heal us from our spiritual sickness and death. The rich word of God helps us to confess our sin and call upon Christ to forgive us, assuring us that “all who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved,” Romans 10:13. Oh the riches of forgiveness and peace with God our Father. Oh the riches of the love of our Lord.
I rejoice in the richness of God’s word because it has brought me to Christ through whom I experience the richest of all riches — that of a never-ending personal relationship with God.
Riches come and go, but the word of the Lord lives forever.
Drew Fenstermacher is pastor at Faith Baptist Church of State College. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.