Psalm 19 has to be one of my favorites. I sang verses 7-10 as a teenager at Pioneer Girl Camp in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, which as I have discovered, they are now committed to memory and can sing them 50 years later. The Psalmist puts forward the sweetness of knowing God’s statutes, laws, testimonies; ‘More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold, sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb’. God’s word is sweet, sweet to the soul and to the mind.
And I wonder how many of us can say we find God’s word sweet? Is spending time in Scripture better than not only honey, but maybe chocolate, or a favorite candy? And like honey, or any sweet, it’s better is small amounts. Not meant to be read through in a few days, God’s word is to be pondered, allowed to dwell in the mind and spirit. This is a new year, and that might be a good New Year’s resolution. To allow God’s word, the Psalms, Proverbs, the Gospels, Epistles, even the ofttimes dull Biblical history, to be sweetness to our souls in need of such.
As I write this blog on the fourth day of January, 2021, I am sipping a large cup of lemon-ginger tea; and as anyone who knows me well, tea does not taste good to me without honey added. Sweetness… a good recipe for God’s word and for a good cup of tea.