Psalms 119:162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
Treasure hunting is a very popular past time. Whether it is someone with one of those goofy looking metal detectors or those who are searching after supposed lost treasures, people are enamored with finding the rare and valuable. Some do it for the thrill of the hunt, but if most people are honest, they would do it because they want to strike it rich. They are searching for a treasure that would bring them great profit in life.
There are those who find these types of treasures who were not even looking for them in the first place. A man named David Gonzalez was removing some walls in a house he had just bought in Minnesota. He stumbled upon some papers inside one of the walls. Among them was a comic book from 1938. It was a very rare first edition of Superman. The comic book was auctioned off at $175,000.
Rick Norsigian of Fresno, California bought some boxes of old glass plate photo negatives at a garage sale. The owner of the boxes said he had found them in warehouse salvage sale in Los Angeles in the 1940s. He asked for $70; they haggled, and Norsigian eventually bought them for $45. They were later found to be originals from Ansel Adams. They were valued at over 200 million dollars.
You can imagine the excitement and joy these two individuals had when they found out the value of these treasures that they stumbled upon. None of us will ever find this kind of treasure in our lifetimes. And yet daily we all have an opportunity to find a treasure even greater, one that can bring an even greater joy to our life.
The psalmist tells us that he rejoiced at God's Word as much as one who had found a great treasure. The Bible is a book filled with treasures. But they're not the type of treasures that we would find hidden away between the walls of a house, buried underneath a few feet of dirt, or tucked away in an obscure box at a garage sale. They are treasures that bestow upon us true spiritual riches.
If the Word of God enriches us spiritually, then why would some Christians chose to live spiritually poor? Probably because they don't see these spiritual riches as vastly superior to temporal riches. I don't believe a Christian would outright confess this. And yet it lurks in their hearts.
Here is the thought I want you to get. Each and every day we should dig into our Bibles looking for its spiritual riches as diligently as we would if we were digging for a treasure. I am positive that if each of us we're fully convinced that a treasure was within our reach we would do everything we could to get our hands on it. Every time we open the word of God we must understand that its spiritual riches are within our grasp.
What is the result of digging out and possessing these spiritual riches? The psalmist told us it would be joy. He would rejoice in the Word of God which in turn would bring joy to his life. Here is one way to see if we are digging out God's riches. Is our time in God's word resulting in joy? Let us put in the effort that it takes to get the spiritual riches that God's Word offers us.
How can we follow through and see God do a great work in and through our lives?
As it made sense for the One who was the Word of God to follow the Word of God, so too does it make sense for His followers to do the same.