Hidden Treasure

Hidden treasure!
(J. C. Philpot, “Meditations on the Holy Spirit”)

“Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all
 day long!” Psalm 119:97

“Truly, I love your commands more than gold,
 even the finest gold!” Psalm 119:127

“Your decrees are my treasure; they are truly
 my heart’s delight!” Psalm 119:111

To a spiritual mind, sweet and soul-rewarding is
the searching of the Word as for hidden treasure.

No sweeter, no better employment can engage
heart and hands than, in the spirit . . .
  of prayer and meditation,
  of separation from the world,
  of holy fear,
  of a desire to know the will of God and do it,
  of humility, simplicity, and godly sincerity,
to seek to enter into those heavenly mysteries which
are stored up in the Scriptures; and this, not to furnish
the head with notions, but to feed the soul with the
bread of life!

Truth, received in the love and power of it . . .
  informs and establishes the judgment,
  softens and melts the heart,
  warms and draws upward the affections,
  makes and keeps the conscience alive and tender,
  is the food of faith,
  is the strength of hope,
  is the mainspring of love.

“My child, listen to Me and treasure My instructions.
 Search for them as you would for lost money or
 hidden treasure!” Proverbs 2:1,4

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