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Rich Beyond Measure (Psalm 119:72)

The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
Psalm 119:72

Once in a while a story will hit the news about a person who lived their entire life on a rather meager amount of money, only to find that they had always had in their possession things of incredible value. It might have been a painting in the attic, or a few coins that were extremely rare. Television shows have been created to remind people that they might have antiques in their home that could be of great value.

The psalmist compares the value of the law of God with extraordinary riches. He did this because we understand the incredible value of thousands of gold and silver pieces. When we consider receiving an inheritance of such wealth our minds are quickly absorbed with all that could be done and/or purchased if we only had lots of money!

For those who know the Lord, they actually have a treasure that is worth more than all the riches in the entire world. It is the Word of God. It is how we can learn about God and know God personally. It teaches us about the past as well as the future. It provides a historical account of the life of our Lord Jesus. It instructs us concerning salvation and sanctification. It is truly a magnificent gift.

For many people God’s word is like the valuable painting that sits in the attic. It is worth keeping but is not their greatest treasure.

Do you understand the value of the Word of God? Would those who observe your life say that your greatest treasure is God’s word? Hopefully you can say with the psalmist:

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
Psalm 19:9–10

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58