Verse of the day
How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Have you ever had your craving for a meal met? Can you remember the satisfying feeling you had? Does God’s word ever feel that way to you? It did feel that way to the psalmist. Or else what do you think he meant when he openly and unashamedly declared “how sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
The psalmist described God’s word to be somewhat tangible and most pleasurable; for it is one thing for a substance to be sweet and another for it to be sweeter than honey. For the psalmist, God’s word was both, and there’s a lot we can glean from this.
It is not enough to study to know, teach or ‘show yourself approved.’ God’s word must be delighted in. It must be approached as a fountain of sweetness, a source of comfort and healing, a place where you can come, sit patiently, eat and drink. It should cause you to laugh and leave you in awe and holy reverence; it is as much a source of delight as it is a source of instruction and reproof.
To experience the sweetness of God’s word, we must approach Him individually, even when we listen to his word in a gathering, we must do our bit in shutting out the noise and entering our ‘secret place’. The psalmist portrayed this by personalizing his statement: “How sweet are Your words to MY taste, sweeter than honey to MY mouth!” He knew well not to generalize his reaction to God’s word. It is a reaction only experienced by as many who come with a childlike disposition.
If you seldom find delight in the words of God, if all you find is judgment and fierce rebuke, then you may just be reading listening wrongly and without the help of the Holy Spirit. It’s okay to lay down what you think you know of Him and learn again.
Come to God as a child comes to a most loving father, and bask in the delight and wonder of his word, which is an expression of His love towards you.
Father help me, like the psalmist, to experience the tangibility and utmost delight of your word. May your words be as sweet to me as my favorite food.
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