I. THE NATURE OF THE TREASURES. "Law," or "instruction," and "words." These treasures are not, material things. Gold and jewels are not the most precious things. Good thoughts are worth more than diamonds. God's words are of the greatest value on several accounts.
1. Their truth. All truth is precious; Divine truth - truth about God and spiritual things - is most valuable.
2. Their bearing on life. God's words are not concerned with abstract truth. They throw light on duty. They show us the way of salvation.
II. THE SOURCE OF THE TREASURES. The Law is from God's mouth. He originates the commandment; he conveys the instruction; he teaches the truth. God's revelation is the original source of all truth, for we can only know nature in so far as God reveals it to us through its phenomena and by means of the faculties he has given to us.
1. The original Source. God made the Law, impressed the truth on nature, inspired the ancient prophet, gave the hearing ear.
2. The immediate Source. We can only receive the truth of God when the Spirit of God brings it home to us. Thus it comes from God to each individual.
III. THE RECEPTION OF THE TREASURES. We have to receive the Law and the words of God.
1. They are not in us by nature. Or, if it may be said they are with us in our pristine stare of nature, we have lost them through sin, and we need to recover them.
2. They must be received willingly. We can keep them out; therefore we are urged to open the door and let them in. The best revelation fails before unwilling ears.
IV. THE PRESERVATION OF THE TREASURES.
1. To be laid up. God does not favour us with a flash of revelation for the use or the enjoyment of a moment. The truth is given for a permanent good.
2. In the heart.
(1) The thought. It is useless to hear, if we do not comprehend and consider.
(2) The memory. "The hoarded memories of the heart" are stores for use in after-years.
(3) The affections. We need to love God's truth and make it part of our very being by embracing it in our deepest affections.
V. THE USE OF THE TREASURES. They are not buried in oblivion, nor are they kept only for show, like the Crown jewels at the Tower. In the heart they are at the source of the life, and they are there to inspire and influence the whole man. God's Law is to be written on the fleshy tablets of the heart, that there it may live and rule. This treasure within purifies the soul and guides the conduct. - W.F.A.
And lay up His words in thine heart.
1. Every light throws a shadow; every virtue is haunted by a counterfeit. Meditation should never lead the fancy into false familiarity with heaven. The good man is, in a humble way, a friend of God, and a child of God, but a child still in minority.
2. Turn the matter of salvation, as the saying is, "with a daily and nightly hand." Thoughts come to us first as strangers; if received, they return as guests; if well entertained, they stay as members of the family, and end as part of our life and self. So bad thoughts grow into oppressors, and good ones into echoes and reflections of heaven.
(T. F. Crosse, D. C. L.)
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