What is it about sweet things that sets our mouths to watering? Imagine your favorite dessert: the texture, the flavor, the temperature. Can you taste it? Do you just wish you could indulge in eating it right now? What if you had the opportunity to eat it at this moment? Would you savor that first bite, letting the moment linger as long as possible? The first bite is always the best, but I never let it be the last. Let the savoring linger until every last crumb has been cleaned from the plate.
God’s Word is often praised as sweeter than honey, and the Psalmist spends all of Psalm 119 savoring it. His admiration and reverence for the laws, testimonies, precepts, statutes, commandments, judgments, ways, truths, and faithfulness of God spill out over 176 verses with not one verse repeated. There are twenty-two sections of poetry, with each section alliterated to a Hebrew letter, all praising the sweetness of God’s truths revealed to man. The Psalmist’s delight draws my heart to the table to taste and see for myself how sweet His Word must be. It creates a longing to set aside all other cheap counterfeits so that the memory of its savor draws me back again and again.
According to Psalm 119, God’s Word—
–blesses those who walk in it
–cleanses those who take heed
–counsels with God’s Truth
–renews and strengthens
–leads to perseverance
–reveals mercy and salvation
–reminds of God’s comfort
–fixes hearts to the eternal
–makes affliction instructive
–teaches the fear of the Lord
–gives longing for peace in salvation
–anchors us in God’s eternal, unchanging faithfulness
–commands our hearts in wisdom
–sheds light on our path
–keeps our steps in truth
–purifies our motives
–testifies of God’s character
–reveals God’s righteousness
–moves us to cry out for salvation
–delivers us from self-pity
–removes offense and grants peace
–assures of God’s answer in due time
This month I am taking some time to meditate and savor the passages about God’s Word. The passages are short to give opportunity to think of them throughout the day. Below, you will find the download button to print out the schedule.
My pastor’s wife gave me a few questions to help guide my consideration of each day’s passage.
First, take a moment before you begin to ask the Lord to speak to your heart. Set aside distractions and let Him know that you are ready to listen.
Then, take some time to consider three questions.
What does this passage say? Summarize the passage and identify key facts, themes, or truths.
What does this passage mean? What does this passage have to say about God, His ways, about man, about salvation, about the Christian life? Are there any promise to claim, commands to obey, examples to follow or sins to avoid?
What should I do? How do I need to respond to what I have learned from this passage? Is there a change that needs to be made, or do I need to begin applying this truth in some way?
May this month lead you to the table of His delight as you savor the wonder of His laws, commandments, statutes, precepts, testimonies, judgments, ways, truths, and faithfulness!