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Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

Dallan Forgaill

The Greatest Treasure

This third verse of my favorite hymn used to be true about me. I didn’t care about money, particularly — I didn’t need to. My parents provided all that I needed. Then I grew up, and began to “heed riches” more and more. I was happy when my husband and I would have enough to put a bit into the savings, or buy those little “extras.” And how I fretted when we didn’t. I soon found that God always gave us what we needed, and even some of what we wanted, whether we had an abundance in the bank or very little. The furniture in our home today testifies to that fact. Our house overflows with beautiful items we never could have afforded, items that were given to us at no cost, simply provided by God in answer to prayer.

But He is a treasure that goes far beyond the tangible gifts He’s given. He is the “High King of Heaven” (and earth and sea, and all living things), yet He watches over me. Personally. My world has often been set aright by that simple reminder. He loves me. He will take care of me. “Thou hast enclosed me behind and before, and laid Thy hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high, I cannot attain to it.” (Psalm 139:5, 6) I treasure Him for who He is, and how He loves us.

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