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I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
~ Psalm 119:14
Here the rejoicing is “in the way of thy testimonies.” This rejoicing runs deeper than only joy at hearing the Word. The stony ground hearers heard the Word with joy, but they had no root in them to persevere in the way of the Word (Matthew 13:20-21). Psalm 119:13 speaks not only of joy at hearing the Word, but joy in doing and keeping the Word of God. “The way” is a way of life. It is a living of the Word.
The rejoicing in the Word is compared to rejoicing “in all riches.” God’s testimonies are greater treasure than all the riches of the world. The sum of wealth on the earth at any given time is not equal to the treasure of God and His Word. It seems the Psalmist had experience with riches and he rejoiced in the Word more.