By Jennifer Kennedy Dean
From The One Year Praying the Promises of God
“I rejoice in your promise
like one who finds great spoil’ (Psalm 119:162)
The promises of God often come as delightful surprises. Imagine stumbling upon a rich treasure trove filled with every kind of abundance. Before, you were making do, and now suddenly you are showered with unimaginable wealth.
When we discover the power in the promises of God, it is like a person who happens upon great spoil. Until we encounter the promises, we have no idea what God has available for us. The promises usher us into a life rich in expectant hope and overflowing with confidence in God. No more meager living. No more merely existing. Now we can live the abundant life.
How will you come upon God’s promises? How will you discover the great spoil just waiting to be found? By mining the Word of God. God’s promises are found nowhere else. It’s no mystery where a person has to be walking to come across the rich and powerful promises.
Stinson is the youngest of my three sons. Stinson was always a great little treasure hunter. Bugs, rocks, sticks that looked like swords. Our neighborhood was a daily excavation project for him. He would burst in at the end of the day exuberant about all his discoveries, lay them out for inspection and for us to admire and “ooh” and “ahh” over. With two older brothers to contend with, he soon learned that if he meant to keep his treasures safe, he had to hide them so they wouldn’t be taken away from him, and so that he knew right where they were when he needed them. When I cleaned the house, I was always coming across Stinson’s hiding places. Those things he valued, he hid.
The psalmist gives us that same suggestion for the great spoil we find in God’s Word. “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalms 119:11). As you come upon God’s promises, hide them in your heart so they won’t be snatched away by the enemy, and so that you know right where they are when you need them.
Lord, lead me into the great spoil of Your promises. Your Word is my most valued possession. I treasure it. I rejoice in it. I hide it in my heart.
“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.” (Charles Haddon Spurgeon)