Friday, October 22, 2010

The Sweetness of God’s Word

The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.  –Psalm 19:9-11
I would like to brag for a moment about my wife, Andrea.  Among her many talents, she makes the best caramel popcorn in the world.  That’s a tall order, I know, but it’s true.  I love caramel popcorn, and I have had quite a few varieties both store bought and homemade and none can compare with hers.  When it comes to caramel popcorn, Andrea is like a gourmet chef and that stuff is a delicacy.  Whenever she makes a batch I cannot stop eating it.  I will go back and fill my bowl over and over again.  Yes, it’s that good.

The Bible says that what God has given us in His Word is more precious than gold and sweeter than honey.  No matter how much of you take in you still desire more.  It’s sweet, valuable, powerful, and has the most wonderful affect upon the deepest part of who we are as individuals.  Gold brings wealth to our lives, honey brings sweetness, and the Word of God brings both: the spiritual riches of God’s grace and the sweet truths that enrich our lives in countless ways.  We can study the Word for the rest of our days and we will still desire more.  Such is the nature of the Scriptures.  Like with Andrea’s caramel popcorn, I just keep wanting more and more.   

The psalmist stated that he was God’s servant, and as the Lord’s servant, the Word of the Lord warned him about that which displeases the Lord.  By keeping his life right with God he knew that he would be blessed.  God’s Word does the same for us today.  We learn what it means to live godly and honorable lives before God, and we find that we are blessed beyond measure for doing so.

How much time have you been spending in the Word of the Lord?  Do you build into your daily schedule time alone with God where you can pray and meditate upon the deeper truths of His Word?  The psalmist did so, and the results were remarkable.  We can do likewise and we will experience similar results. 

Open the Word and explore the riches it holds.

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