I remember, Lord, your ancient laws, and I find comfort in them. (Ps. 119:52)
Richard “Old Man” Harrison has made a living by knowing about old things. As the initial operator at World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, Richard often distinguished between something old and valuable from something just plain old. Recognizing value in old things is vital for people who buy and sell antique items for a living. Viewers of Pawn Stars have seen Richard and his son, Rick, at this specialized work. Sellers bring their old and unique goods to bargain with the owners of the pawn shop, hoping for a significant sale. While Richard and Rick are certainly skilled, every so often an object is offered whose value they just don’t know. To figure out the object and its potential price with precision, they enlist experts for their keen eye.
The psalmist may not have had a keen eye, but he had a keen heart for something old. God’s ancient laws brought him comfort. Likewise, we may draw comfort from God’s laws because, while ancient, they do not change and their value does not decrease. Thankfully, we do not need to be experts to discern the value of God’s law; however, we do need to be obedient. You may not have a keen eye for the value of an ancient object, but you can develop a keen heart to discern the value and daily wisdom of God’s ancient law.
Set your heart on God’s law and experience its comfort.
Aaron Perry is married to Heather, and they have four children. He teaches at Wesley Seminary in Marion and is active in his local church's children’s ministry.
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