I Love Your Commandments Above Gold

Text: Psalm 119:121-128

Sixteenth stanza of Psalm 119 – This lesson is about the riches that are found in the word of God. We will notice how the psalmist contrasts God’s commandments with gold. We can see why God’s word is so much more valuable as we consider these verses.

We Must Value God’s Commandments Over Gold (v. 127)

  • Gold used as a point of comparison because it is universally valued (Genesis 2:11; 13:2; Revelation 21:18, 21)
  • The Scriptures acknowledge that gold is valuable and useful – provides a degree of protection (Proverbs 10:15); it is the answer for certain problems, at least partially and temporarily (Ecclesiastes 10:19); allows us to fulfill our responsibilities (1 Timothy 5:8; 1 Corinthians 16:2; Ephesians 4:28)
  • But God’s word is more valuable (Proverbs 23:23) – divine wisdom found in God’s word is far better than gold (Proverbs 3:14-15; 16:16); the benefit of wealth is limited (Proverbs 11:4; Matthew 6:19-21; 16:26); by obeying the truth, we have hope of an eternal inheritance in heaven (1 Peter 1:22-23, 3-4)
  • Sometimes being faithful will cost us riches in this life – it is still worth it to fear God and obey Him (Ecclesiastes 8:12-13)

An Appeal to God in Times of Oppression (v. 121-122)

  • David appealed for protection from oppressors (v. 121) – able to make the appeal because he practiced justice and righteousness (Psalm 34:15); God will not forsake the righteous (Hebrews 13:5)
  • Asked God to “be surety” for him (v. 122) – a pledge to help when he could not help himself; God is well capable of providing the help that we need (Philippians 4:13; Romans 8:37)

What We Hope to Gain from God (v. 123-125)

  • We hope for salvation (v. 123) – riches cannot save us (Proverbs 11:4); God saves us (Psalm 3:8) through His righteous word (Romans 1:16-17)
  • We hope for God’s mercy (v. 124) – riches are a blessing, not the thing that blesses (1 Timothy 6:17); through God’s mercy, we have hope of eternal life (1 Peter 1:3)
  • We hope for understanding (v. 125) – wealth is not an indicator of wisdom (Proverbs 28:11); we gain understanding from God’s word (Psalm 119:104)

We Must Hate Every False Way (v. 128)

  • Understanding the truth should cause us to hate what is false (Psalm 119:104)
  • In this context, remember the value of God’s word – more valuable than gold
  • The ways that are contrary to God’s way are utterly worthless (2 Peter 2:18; 1 Corinthians 15:14-15)

God Will Punish Those Who Disregard His Law (v. 126)

  • God is just – He will punish the wicked (2 Thessalonians 1:5-8)
  • When the time comes for punishment, riches will not save us (Matthew 16:26)
  • To be delivered from His judgment, we must be faithful to Him – do justice and righteousness (v. 121); love His commandments (v. 127), which by implication means we will obey (Psalm 119:35)

Conclusion

  • There are many benefits to having gold – but they are only limited and temporary
  • God’s word offers us an eternal benefit – if we believe and obey it

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