Sweeter Than Honey (Psalm 119:97 – 104)

97 Oh, how I love Your law!It is my meditation all the day.

98 You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies;

For they are ever with me.

99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,

For Your testimonies are my meditation.

100 I understand more than the ancients,

Because I keep Your precepts.

101 I have restrained my feet from every evil way,

That I may keep Your word.

102 I have not departed from Your judgments,

For You Yourself have taught me.

103 How sweet are Your words to my taste,

Sweeter than honey to my mouth!

104 Through Your precepts I get understanding;

Therefore I hate every false way.

The psalmist describes the word of God using several different names: law, commandments, testimonies, precepts, word, judgements.  This brings into view the broad array of literature in the Bible and the ways in which the Bible can encourage and instruct individuals, churches, and nations.  However, the truly telling part of this passage is the reaction of the writer to God’s word: love, wisdom, understanding, avoidance of evil, hatred of falsehood.  He sums up the thoughts with the iconic statement that the word is sweeter than honey in his mouth.  So, whether he is partaking of the word or speaking it, the writer has a wonderful experience of communion with his Maker.

Every Christian needs to fall into this pattern of living.  Partake of the word.  Let it feed your soul.  Although it may critique your life or challenge you to a higher level of holiness, the word will leave a sweet taste in your mouth as you submit to it.  Also, the word spoken by you will be sweet to those who hear you speak it.  Forgiveness, healing, deliverance will flow as the word of God is spoken.  Keep the word in your soul and your spirit.  Keep the word in your mouth, whether as you eat the sweet honey of God, or as you share the sweet truth of His word with others!

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