By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. 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. Moreover by them is Thy servant warned, and in keeping of them there is great reward."
Psalm 19:7-11

Psalm 19 has been transferred from the pages of my Bible into the memory bank of my mind. The early verses (vs.1-6) draw on aesthetic beauty and plant a visual picture of earthen landscape canopied by richly hued skies all formatted in a glorious countenance too wondrous to describe within.
Absorbed into the scenic landscape are rich deposits of God's word "renamed":
Law. Testimony. Statutes. Commandments. Judgments.
All evoke and provoke a sense of God's power, enlightenment, and "word" majesty.
I think it must be the most beautiful Psalm in the world.
Greater than gold ...

Facts about gold:
+Gold is rarer than diamonds.
+Gold is malleable and soft, yet the heaviest of all metals on the periodic chart (one cubic foot of gold weighs more than half a ton.)
+Gold does not oxidize and it can't be broken down; it retains its shine and never fades or loses its luster.
+Gold was one of the first metals to be discovered, along with copper.
+Gold retains a healthy trade value due to its indestructable nature and favorable preservational attributes.
Since the beginning of time men have sought after, pined after, and mined after the treasured gem called gold.
Indeed, we learned in the early days of our study that all of the tribal stones were engraved and emblazened in gold upon the High Priest's breastplate.
Gold was a beautiful common thread woven into the articles and furniture of God's temple by his ordaining and through His desire and design.
Small wonder that ...
Outbreaks and financial hysterias have fed an economy built around her.
 That adventure, greed, and power have been diligent attenders to her.
That powerful men desire her.
Gold is no stranger to man.
And yet ... God asserts His pure word as being greater than pure gold.
"More to be desired are they than gold; yea, than much fine gold."
Hmmm ...
Do we understand this and "mine" it as such?
Should the radiance, then, of those who consume God's word not bear a glory and exceeding shine which out-performs and outshines the standard gold bar?
I do think so.
And other men should then desire it as well.
It should be to the Father's glory,
 that the soul employed with His story,
shines to a fairer and greater degree.
It should be to the Father's glory that the soul would experience pure wealth.
God's word is greater than gold.
Our souls are to delight in it.
The richest gems are ours for the mining, seeking, and keeping.
 We have only to go after it and lay claim to it.
We must seek the plunder which God has so wondrously hidden and rejoice in the "greater than gold" when once it is ours.
All the rest is fool's gold ...
Know the difference.