The most valuable thing

At her coronation in 1953, [Queen Elizabeth] was presented with a Bible as these extraordinary words rang out in Westminster Abbey, and around the world:

‘We present you with this book, the most valuable thing that this world affords. Here is wisdom, this is the royal law, these are the lively oracles of God.’

She was wearing a priceless golden crown adorned with 2,901 precious stones, she was sitting upon a throne in a thousand year old vaulted abbey, and yet God’s Word was recognized as ‘the most valuable thing this world affords.’ Thousands of years earlier the Psalmist put it like this:

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‘Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.’ (Psalm 119:97-99, NIV).

As I meditate each day on God’s statutes . . . I ask You Lord to renew in me a sober reverence for Scripture, to sharpen in me a genuine hunger for Your Word, and to give to me, as You gave to the Psalmist and to your servant Elizabeth, an ever-deepening love for Your Law.

Source: Excerpted from a devotional article by Pete Greig, published on Sept. 9, 2022 in the prayer app Lectio 365

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