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So Many Words

Psalm 119:97-104

Verses 103-104 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.

Having talked about his love of the law, the way obedience helps us know the law better and how the Lord helps us remember how to avoid temptation, the psalmist finishes this stanza with another declaration of how much he loves the law.

When we think about sweets we tend to think about candy, cookies, cake and the like. Sweets are no longer viewed as a treat that is had once in a while, most of us have sweets daily. This may make us see this declaration from the song writer as something mundane. Words can be viewed in the same way to us. Our world is inundated with words. We have radios, TVs, phones and even vehicles that talk to us. We have papers, magazines and blogs that put words before us near every minute of the day. Words can actually become a mundane part of our lives.

The danger with having too much of something is that we come to take it for granted and don’t pay it the heed that it deserves. One of the things that we miss in this flood of words and information is the sweetness that is the Word of God. It can become just one more thing to read in our day instead of something that we seek and look to enjoy.

This is the way that the psalmist looked at the law of God. He was enticed by it like a person drawn to honey. He knew that it was the thing that would help spiritually sustain him. He had found how fulfilling the law could be and how it brought him closer to God and that brought him great joy. He anticipates the goodness of the law as a child looks forward to a cookie after church. He knew it was good and he wanted it.

As with every good thing there is an opposing thing, in this case the wrong path. He loved the law and therefore hated the evil ways of the world. This man of song had come to see the things in stark contrast to each other. If he was to love the law of the Lord, he must take the stand of hating the words of the world that opposed God’s law. This is the same way we need to evaluate the words in our life.

Making It Personal

How sweet are God’s words to your ears and heart? Are they sweet enough that you despise words that contradict them? Does your amount of consuming the Word of God prove that you find it sweet?

Making It Personal Kids

Why are the words of Jesus sweet to you? Do you enjoy reading and hearing the Bible? What are some words that go against Jesus that you should hate because you love Him?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for words that are sweet to our spirit. Give us such a love of Your words that we hate those words that go against or interfere with our following You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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