Saturday, June 14, 2008

More Precious Than Gold

The Word More Precious Than Gold

Precious Bible! What a treasure
Does the Word of God afford!
All I want for life or pleasure,
Food and medicine, shield and sword:
Let the world account me poor,
Having this, I need no more.

Food to which the world's a stranger,
Here my hungry soul enjoys;
Of excess there is no danger,
Though it fills, it never cloys [i.e. gluts]:
On a dying Christ I feed;
He is meat and drink indeed!

When my faith is faint and sickly,
Or when Satan wounds my mind,
Cordials, to revive me quickly,
Healing medicines here I find:
To the promises I flee;
Each affords a remedy.

In the hour of dark temptation
Satan cannot make me yield;
For the word of consolation
Is to me a mighty shield;
While the Scripture truths are sure,
From his malice I'm secure.

Vain his threats to overcome me,
When I take the Spirit's sword;
Then with ease I drive him from me.
Satan trembles at the Word:
'Tis a sword for conquest made,
Keen the edge, and strong the blade.

Shall I envy then the miser,
Doting on his golden store?
Sure I am, or should be, wiser,
I am rich; 'tis he is poor:
Jesus gives me, in his Word,
Food and medicine, shield and sword.

~John Newton, Olney Hymns, Book 2, Hymn 63

Did you catch that first verse? "All I want for life or pleasure," and "Let the world account me poor, Having this, I need no more."

Lord, please give me this heart... to be hungry for Your Word and to be completely satisfied and content with Your Word and nothing more.

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