The Sweet Word
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. - Psalm 119:103-106 When I see other people go through times of spiritual drought, or when I have experienced this myself, God seems far away and we feel even farther. It’s as if we are the children of Israel, once again wandering in the wilderness, trying to find our way. That’s when I cling to the belief that we are being strengthened and matured.
How we survive the wilderness experiences of our lives depends on our attitude towards God’s Word. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible, and I get such a kick out of reading it because King David got so excited writing about, of all things, the laws of God! And, he sang about them. He put statutes of the law to music! He positively exulted in them.
In 119:14 he compared God’s testimonies to riches. In verse 15 he declared, “I will meditate on our precepts.” Verse 24 says, “Your testimonies are my delight and my counselors.
David was on to something. He loved God’s Word and he knew that the secret to enjoying life, even in the wilderness, was to turn to God’s Word with joy, expectations, and delight.
As children we struggle to mature under our parents’ authority. When we are spiritually born again into the family of God, we become children again, re-parented by our heavenly Father, as we grow toward maturity and learning to trust Him. Allow His Word to light your way, and the wilderness will not seem so daunting. Let His Word guide your feet, and you will not ever get lost.
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One of these days some simple soul will pick up the Book of God, read it, and believe it. Then the rest of us will be embarrassed.—Leonard Ravenhill Sink the Bible to the bottom of the ocean, and still man's obligations to God would be unchanged. He would have the same path to tread, only his lamp and guide would be gone; the same voyage to make, but his chart and compass would be overboard! —Henry Ward Beecher “Another century and there will not be a Bible on earth! “ said Voltaire Voltaire expected that within fifty years of his lifetime there would not be one Bible in the world. His house is now a distribution center for Bibles in many languages. —Corrie Ten Boom
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