by John Barnett

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John Barnett
Psalm 51

To know God is the greatest treasure in all of life. The treasure of knowing God comes to us through His Word. Are you finding the treasures of God? He has left them out in plain sight in His Book the Bible.

Please open with me to one of the most treasure laden chapters in the Bible--Psalm 51. These 19 verses have been the source of hope to many troubled by sin, comforting more repentant hearts than nearly any other chapter of the Bible.

History records some amazing events; times when people have walked over treasures of immense value--usually without even knowing it.

That is often what happens when we get so used to a place that we can walk almost without noticing anything around us.

That familiarity with our physical surroundings can also happen to us spiritually. We can almost think that we have exhausted a passage of God's Word and when we come to it we only see what we saw before and so we just pass on by.

As we return week after week to Psalm 51, it can become common, familiar and almost a place where we notice nothing new. The only solution is to ask the Lord to open our eyes and heart every time we enter His Word. The Lord can make every entrance into His Word yield great treasures.

That reminds me of a bit of American History that has always fascinated me.

Gold was found at the head of Six-Mile Canyon in the territory of Nevada in 1859 by two miners named Pat McLaughlin and Peter O'Reilly. A fellow miner, Henry Comstock, stumbled upon their find and claimed it was on his property. The gullible McLaughlin and O'Reilly believed him and assured Comstock a place in history when the giant lode was named.

Soon multitudes of treasure seeking miners, lured by gold fever, began following the vein of gold up the canyon. They spent each day slogging their way up and down that narrow Six Mile Canyon chipping the outcropping ...

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