The Sweetness of Honey
A family friend recently gave us a couple of jars of honey from their honey bee ranch. As I was thinking about the joys of opening a brand new jar of this honey and putting it on my favorite cereal for breakfast tomorrow morning, I was reminded of the verses in Psalm 19 with reference to the Word of God.
7The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.
10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
In keeping them there is great reward.
The psalmist writes about the nature of the revelation God gives us. God's Word is perfect, sure, right, pure, clean, enduring forever, true and righteous. He also describes the impact of God's Word on individuals. God's Word impacts us by restoring the soul, making wise the simple, rejoicing the heart, enlightening the eyes. After this series of superlatives and descriptors, the psalmist seems swept into a poetic groundswell of thinking of the beauty and value of all that he has said about the revelation God has provided. God's revelation is more precious than gold. God's revelation is sweeter than honey.
The question came to me, do we crave God's word the way I craved the opportunity to enjoy the new honey provided by the friend. God's revelation is precious. It is sweet. The world doesn't see it this way. Like a person with no taste buds, the world doesn't perceive the sweetness of God's word. However, through God's grace, believers in Christ have had their spiritual taste buds engaged. We can now tastes what was once tasteless. Does the Bible produce that in us? When we read it are we enthralled with God's revelation. Do we crave it? Do we hold it as more precious than gold?
For those that do, there is a promise in the psalm. "In keeping them there is great reward." Following the scriptures produces great reward.