The sweetest honey from the Sword

Psalm 119

103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

24 Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.

97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.

15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.

16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

By the grace of God, we are to delight in His Word. His Word is to be sweeter to us than honey in our mouth. His words are sweet to our taste. When the word of God is read in our presence, preached from the pulpit, quoted aloud, or listened to in the quietness of a long drive – it should be sweetness to our souls. We should rejoice in it. We should find our delight – that which makes us happy and where we find our enjoyment and pleasure – in the Word of God.

18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

God’s Word is wonderful. It is wisdom from on high. It is not just full of stuff, but wondrous things! It is the mine that constantly yields new treasure. It is the well that never runs dry. It is the spring of life. It is wondrous!

45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.

God’s Word is freeing. We are not bound by the opinions or rules of others. We seek God’s precepts. Not our own. We do not need a priest, pastor, pope, or church to run our lives. We seek God’s precepts.

The psalmist goes on. The longest chapter in the Scriptures devoted almost entirely to speaking about the Scriptures. God’s law, precepts, testimonies – they are life to us. They are the physical gift of God to us from Heaven. We have the Scriptures in our hands. We see them with our eyes. We hear them with our ears. We consider them in our minds. We hide them in our hearts. We should delight in them.

It is to be sweet to us. The Bible is too full of its own value to sum up in a simple blog. Go to the Word. Start in Psalm 119, but don’t stop there. Read the rest of them. Read the Proverbs. Read the Gospels. Read the prophets and the OT. Read the NT. It is amazing!

By the grace of God, I’ve been blessed to have time everyday in my long commute to listen to the Scriptures. To be in the Bible more than for a few verses or a couple chapters, and to hear books of the Bible as they unfold in brilliant continuity. To hear the revelation of God in the Scriptures and have God revealed to me has been amazing. Buying the Bible on CD was one of the best investments I have ever made. My morning commute is full of the Words of God. My heart can meditate upon it. My mind can consider it.

My wife has encouraged and exhorted me through her actions to memorize more of the Word of God. It has been such an encouragement to see my wife studying the Bible to memorize it! It has been encouraging to me as I begin again to memorize – to have God’s Word in my heart, to have the Sword of the Spirit. Last year, our church noted those children who through AWANA had memorized over 200 verses in that year. Wow! The question was rightly asked of the rest of the congregation if we had memorized that many verses this past year. At what point do adults think they no longer need the same Scriptures that we are so thrilled to see the children learning?  Are we armed for battle? Are we arming ourselves daily? “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

Arming ourselves is not a hard duty. Picking up the sword is not a heavy burden that wearies us. It is the honey to our mouth. It is the refreshment our soul craves. What more could we ask for than for our Father to speak gentleness and kindness to us? Why do we crave the empty words of men when the eternal Word of our Father is the permanent thing that hold us?

It is the only way to bear fruit in our lives. The parable of the sower speaks of the different ground that the Word falls on. But the ending is the same for the good ground: it brings forth fruit. Consider that if you want to bring forth more anything you plant more seed. If you want more trees, corn, strawberries, plants, whatever – you plant more seeds. If you want more spiritual fruit in your life, then continue to sow the seed in your life. “Break up the fallow ground” as Hosea says. Pour in the seed of the Word of God and let God rain righteousness upon your heart that you might bring forth fruit.

Psalm 19

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Oh that God would allow us to truly taste this! Oh that God would open our eyes to the true value of His Word. It is sweeter than anything. It is worth more. Do you taste it? Perhaps it is because you have not yet acquired that taste. Delve into it. Immerse yourself in it. Pant for it as the deer does the water. You will find it sweet and soothing to your soul.


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