To­day’s Wor d The Trea­sure in Tomb 7

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I re­joice in your prom­ise like one who finds great spoil. Psalm 119:162 In 1932, Mex­i­can ar­chae­ol­o­gist Al­fonso Caso dis­cov­ered Tomb 7 at Monte Al­ban, Oax­aca. He found more than four hun­dred ar­ti­facts, in­clud­ing hun­dreds of pieces of pre-His­panic jew­elry he called “The Trea­sure of Monte Al­ban.” It is one of the ma­jor finds of Mex­i­can ar­chae­ol­ogy. One can only imag­ine Caso’s ex­cite­ment as he held a jade cup in its purest form. Cen­turies ear­lier, the psalmist wrote of a trea­sure more valu­able than gold or rock crys­tal. He said, “I re­joice in your prom­ise like one who finds great spoil” (Ps. 119:162). In Psalm 119, the writer knew how valu­able God’s in­struc­tions and prom­ises are to our lives, so he com­pared them to the great trea­sure that comes in hand with the vic­tory of a con­queror.

God’s Word is a valu­able pos­ses­sion and a guide to life. Caso’s name is re­mem­bered to­day be­cause of his discovery in Tomb 7. We can en­joy it if we visit a mu­seum in Oax­aca. How­ever, the psalmist’s trea­sure is at our fin­ger­tips. Day by day we can dig into the Scrip­tures and find di­a­monds of prom­ises, ru­bies of hope, and emer­alds of wis­dom. But by far the great­est thing we find is the per­son whom the book points to: Je­sus Him­self. Af­ter all, He is the Au­thor of the book.

Let us seek dili­gently with the con­fi­dence that this is the trea­sure that will en­rich us. As the psalmist said, “Your laws are my trea­sure; they are my heart’s de­light” (v. 111 nlt). Fa­ther, I want to value the Scrip­tures as a trea­sure. Help me en­joy Your Word every day. God’s Word is a valu­able pos­ses­sion and a guide to life.

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