The Sweet Word

“How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119.103

The word of God is sweet nourishment for the soul. The psalmist sings that truth in this amazing, well-known verse. But, don’t let familiarity with this verse keep you from spending a little more time dwelling on its truth.

The word is sweet to him, sweeter even than the freshest honey. This poetic praise exalts the refreshment to be found in Scripture; and the psalmist is not alone in this sort of praise. Consider also:

“Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15.16

The word of God was joy to the prophets (see also, Ezekiel 3.3). Scripture also led to a refreshing of the whole Israelite nation in the cases of Ezra and Josiah. The Lord is powerful, and it refreshes the soul. Keep in mind, in the previous verses, the psalmist has sung of the joys of meditation on biblical truth. That meditation leads him to find this sweet refreshment.

Spend some time today meditating on biblical truth. Thank the Lord for those times you have found the type of sweet refreshment the psalmist sings of here.

Gracious God and King, we praise you for the life-giving truth in your word. Refresh us, O Lord, with your word. May your testimonies and precepts ever be our joy. Amen.

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