How many times have you competed for something in your life? Go back to your childhood. You probably competed in a spelling contest or drawing contest. Or maybe you competed in track at school in Jr High. Most likely you would win a ribbon for those grade school competitions. Then maybe in High School or College you were on a team and your team competed for a trophy. Next in life you probably competed for a job promotion and the prize was a better office and pay raise. Maybe you were a salesperson and you competed to sell the most of your company’s product. They offered a trip to Hawaii for the most sales made. As humans we tend to love competition and the chance for a great prize. Yet we could have a great reward that would surpass any prize we could think we would want to win. Read Psalm 19:11-13.
“11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward. 12 Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. 13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me.”
Previous to these verses we had read that God’s Word did many other great things for us. In verse 11 we see that it also provides us with a great reward. It may sound strange, but to understand our sins, our ability to be cleansed from them and to not be dominated by them anymore is a great reward. To have that freedom is a marvelous feeling. No earthly prize could ever compare. So it just makes good common sense to know God’s Word and receive God’s great reward.