How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Psalm 119:103 ESV
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter found in Scripture and is known for it’s teaching on God’s law. It is not simply about what to do and not do, but about how God’s law leads us into a deeper devotion with him than the things of this world ever could. In verse 103, the words of God are said to be sweeter than honey. Honey was and is used today as a natural sweetener. God’s words or laws bring a sweetness to the life we live. Our tongues crave a sweet dessert or treat as our lives should crave the sweetness of God’s word if we are followers of Jesus I Peter 2:1-3.
This desire does not come from good works or going to church, but from the one and only giver of sweet things, God. (Psalm 119:18) While we can learn much from God’s word as we listen to a pastor preach or musician sing, we shouldn’t rely on just these as our honey. We need to learn to enjoy God’s word by ourselves also.
As we look at our lives we can see many things that bring sweetness. Unfortunately, many of us rely on the things of the world to bring satisfaction to our lives. C.S. Lewis said:
We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
This week, let’s ask God to open our eyes to behold his wondrous law and give us a sweet tooth for it.