August 25, 2015

Sweeter Than Honey

Psalm 119:97-112

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

—  Psalm 119:103

We might think that only “experts” really understand the Bible, and that it takes a degree from a seminary or a training course to really be able to read it. Certainly that kind of training can help, but our young psalmist claims that he understands God’s law better than his teachers and the elders of his community. That’s quite a statement!

The truth is that God’s words are open to everyone to understand, because they are not just deep thoughts but the source of all we need to live. To know God’s wisdom is not just to memorize it but also to live the way God wants us to live. Apparently there were teachers and elders in the psalmist’s community who did not meditate faithfully on God’s Word and did not obey it.

Studying God’s Word can be as sweet as honey to our tastebuds; life is that good when we are living the way God has called us to live.

Living God’s way is like having a flashlight so that we can walk safely on a path that would otherwise be dark and dangerous. We don’t need to fear taking wrong turns or making wrong choices when we walk in the light of God’s wisdom.

Peter once asked Jesus, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). Words of eternal life are the sweetest words of all.

Jesus, may every word we speak and learn be sweeter than honey because they are your words of eternal life. In your name we pray. Amen.

About the author — Thea Leunk

Thea Nyhoff Leunk has been a high school English teacher, a director of Christian education, a pastor of discipleship, and a regional coach for the Christian Reformed Church in North America. She is currently the senior pastor at Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Thea has also written courses for teens and young adults on world religions, Christian faith traditions, and science and the Bible. She and her husband have three adult children.

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