14 I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.
Psalm 119:14 (NIV)
I am going to write on my usual topic, which is a taboo among religious people – the connection between obey God and enjoying great riches. Those who are infested with theology can never accept the connection between the two despite the overwhelming evidence in the Bible. The above verse is one of them.
In this article, I shall study and expound on this verse. If you read the verse, you will realize that the writer did not sound like he was forced to obey God. The verse does not say:
“I must follow your statues because I don’t want you to send me to hell.”
“I must follow your statues because I don’t want you to do perverted things to me like giving me thorns in the flesh to show me your sufficient flesh.”
Throughout the Bible, we can see godly people obeying God because they want to and not because they were threatened to. As I have mentioned before, God is not a terrorist. Unlike the theologian, God is not despicable to the state where he intentionally did perverted things to people for any reason.
God is good and good means good. There is no alternative meaning to the term “good”. The definition of “good” in the Bible is exactly the same as in the dictionary. Once you are convinced of this truth, you will never be cheated by the lies of theology.
In the above verse, the writer was not only willing to obey God, he did it with a rejoicing heart. He rejoiced in obeying God as much as one rejoices in great riches. If a religious church is to preach on this verse, I am very sure that the preacher will come out with something really stupid like, “God commands us to rejoice in obeying his statutes. It is a sin to obey God without rejoicing and God does not delight in sin.”
In other words, you are forced to rejoice. If you don’t, God may show you some of his “sufficient grace”. If you think no one can be that stupid, pay a visit to a religious church. The truth will be out.
Enough of those heretics. Let us get back to the verse. The second part of the verse says, “as one rejoices in great riches.” It is a comparison. There are 2 meanings here:
1. We should rejoice in obeying God like we rejoice in great riches.
2. We should not be ashamed in rejoicing in great riches.
I have started with the first meaning and I want to continue with it. Many will ask on how to rejoice in obeying God? The answer lies in our understanding of the purpose of his instructions.
We need to understand that the God in the Bible is not a pervert. He will never do any perverted things to us like killing our loved ones, making us poor, sick and caused us to fail in anything. His highest priority is always for our good. God’s highest priority is for us to prosper in all things and be in health as our souls prosper. Whatever good things you desire, those are also God’s desires for you.
Once you understand this truth, you will never run away from God no matter what happens. Even if you have sinned, God is for you against your sins. God will never be against you for your sins. God is always on your side.
This means that whatever laws, instructions or commandments he wants you must lead to your good as well. So, you really want to have the best in life like a lot of money, good health, long life, happy family and success in everything, obey God. If you want to have the opposite, just do the opposite of what God tells you to do.
Once you are convinced of this truth, you will automatically rejoice in obeying God. This is the first meaning of the verse.
The second meaning tells us that it is godly to rejoice in having great riches. You should not allow the theologians to make you ashamed of having great riches. God gives you those riches because he loves you and he wants you to be happy with it. Start rejoicing with thanksgiving for your great riches.
If you don’t have any, rejoice anyway and believe you receive them. You will get what you desire in accordance to you faith. If you think you lack faith, spend time reading the Bible and other godly sources like this blog. Stay away from the lies of theology.
In conclusion, the Bible has stated very clearly that God is really good. Our role is to believe likewise.