Proverbs 2:1-9 My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
Psalm 19:10,11 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
When I was younger I imagined myself trudging through the Word of God day after day, week after week, year after year, verses, chapters, book after book, bored by genealogies and bothered by incongruities beyond my understanding. Oh, from time to time I found slices of silver and nuggets of gold, and put them in my treasure chest to be admired now and then. But little did I understand that when we were called to “meditate” upon His precepts “day and night”—to write them “on the tablet of” our hearts, it was that nugget or slice of God’s word that first excited our souls.
We found revelations from God’s word that brought us peace, warnings that kept us from sin and insights that gave us direction. These are the passages we meditate upon day and night, adding others as we continue our pursuit. We are not reading to get spiritual credit with God, but as treasure hunters, we are searching for gold and silver—beautiful, weighty, valuable insights that will keep our minds renewed and our freshen our hope—words laden with power, that compel us to action, quicken our faith and reacquaint us with our love relationship with Christ.
And where do we keep these treasures? In a jewelry box? In a safe? No, we write them on the tablet of our hearts. In other words, memorize them. What then? We wear them on our fingers! One ring for each finger! Scores of shining bracelets! Necklaces abounding. In other words, we bring them out of the treasure chest and into the open, reciting them and admiring them, so that they jingle in our hearing and adorn our lives with beauty.