“I delighted in the way of thy witnessings; (as much) as in all riches. (I delighted in the way of thy teachings, or thy commands; as much as in great riches.)”
“I rejoice in the way revealed by Your decrees as much as in all riches.” (HCSB)
People recognize it’s fun to be wealthy, to have riches, to wallow in money. David wisely knows it’s best to “delight in the way of [God’s] witnessings” (His teachings, His commands, His decrees; i.e His Word).
God’s Word reveals the way. Wisdom is rejoicing in God’s ways, knowing always God’s ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts.
“The eleven disciples travel to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus directs them. When they see Him, they worship, but some doubt.” (Matthew 28: 16 – 17, HCSB)
“Some doubt:” In that moment of doubt, Jesus reassures them. He tells them that “all authority has been given to Me” both here on earth and above in heaven. Jesus reminds them that He is the Christ, the One who is to come; the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world; the way, the truth, and the life.
And, He commands them to “go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Not only that, He tells them to “teach them to observe everything I command you.”
Jesus wants us to “make disciples.” He doesn’t just want people to hear about Him; He doesn’t just want people to be baptized. Instead He wants us to teach; to “make disciples.”
And, He is with us always, “to the end of the age.” His authority walks within us; and the earth belongs to Him.
“[God] rescues us from the domain of darkness and brings us away into the kingdom of His dear Son, in whom our release is secured and our sins forgiven.”
Imagine a man drowning in the ocean. He has no way to rescue himself; he has kicked off his shoes, has tread water for as long as he is able; now, he is sinking. His end is near. Now imagine a rescue; perhaps a helicopter spotting him before he goes under for the last time lowers a boom and a strong arm reaches down into the ocean water and pulls him “from the domain of darkness” to safety. His “release” from his death “is secured;” and not by his own efforts.
God rescues us. He secures our release; He forgives us our sins. Not only this, but He “brings us away into the kingdom of His dear Son.” Our salvation is complete; we add nothing to it. The Word of God does not say, “Take two aspirin and call Me in the morning.” The Word of God says, “I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” The Word of God says, “No one comes to the Father but by Me.”
Who is it who leads us in “way everlasting?” Is it ourselves? I think not. Instead, our prayer is that God Himself should “search [us], know [our] hearts, try [us] and know [our] thoughts.” Then, once He discovers those ways in us which are “grievous,” He should “lead [us]” out of them and into His pasture, His way.
Jesus says, “I Am the way, the truth, and the life.”
And He promises that anyone who comes to Him will never thirst again.