MORE PRECIOUS THAN SILVER                                                written in 1982

The Story

What would you do if you worked at McDonalds, were on a fast, and were assigned “fryer duty”? All day long you were staring those golden french fries… That was the challenge for Lynn DeShazo.

Lynn, who had just graduated from Auburn University, felt the Lord wanted her to work on praise and worship music as well as learn something about spiritual disciplines. One of those spiritual disciplines was fasting.

Working at McDonalds when you are fasting is a challenge in and of itself, but when you are salting crispy french fries it is nearly impossible! As the day went on, the temptation grew stronger and stronger. She began to meditate on those fries… until she looked around to see if anyone was looking, and grabbed 2 fries and gulped them down.

Lynn felt so guilty all the way home. She asked for forgiveness because she had not been strong enough to resist temptation. And, for some reason, God put 2 verses of Scripture on her mind; maybe 1 for each fry. One was Colossians 2:3, which says in Christ are “hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”, and Proverbs 8:11, which says “wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare to her”. Linking those 2 verses, and forgetting all about french fries, she began to worship the Lord. And, soon, this song was born.

Lynn has written more than 350 songs, in a career spanning more than 30 years. She has lived most of her life in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Song

            Read this Scripture song, and – today – examine your priorities and where Jesus might fight in them.

CHORUS

Lord, You are more precious than silver.
Lord, You are more costly than gold.
Lord, You are more beautiful than diamonds,
and nothing I desire compares to You.

Lord, Your love is higher than mountains.
Lord, Your love is deeper than seas.
Lord, Your love encompasses the nations,
and yet, You live right here inside of me! (CHORUS)

Who can weigh the value of knowing You?
Who can judge the worth of who You are?
Who can count the blessings of loving You?
Who can say just how great You are? (CHORUS)

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