God's words are sweeter than honey

Sweeter Than Honey: How to Desire God’s Word

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

Psalm 119:103 ESV

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter found in the Bible and is famous for its teaching on God’s law.

But it’s not simply about what to do and not do—it’s about how God’s law deepens our relationship with him.

In today’s verse, the words of God are described as “sweeter than honey.”

Honey is a natural sweetener. And God’s words (or laws) bring a sweetness to the life we live.

Just as like we crave sweet treats, our lives should crave the sweetness of God’s words if we are followers of Jesus (1 Peter 2:1-3).

Sweeter Than Honey in Our Lives

This desire does not come from

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Matthew 18:2-4 – Childlike Faith

And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

(Matthew 18:2-4 ESV)

Having watched my children grow up and become self sufficient, it is easy to forget how dependent they were when they were younger. This truth is one reason why grandchildren are so much fun!

You get to relive watching a baby that needs everything to survive become a walking, talking little person; and then eventually become an adult. It still amazes me to see my oldest grandson say his ABCs and interact with others realizing that not too many years ago he was a “helpless” newborn.

When I read the verses above I am reminded that

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Take Up Your Cross And Follow Me

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

(Luke 9:23-25 ESV)

Our modern perspective makes it tough to understand how uncomfortable and offensive Jesus’ words in today’s verse were.

In our culture, we often relegate the cross to being a good luck charm. A stylish piece of jewelry, a cool tattoo, or a symbolic piece of art to hang on a wall.

Even in Christian circles we’ve sanitized our perspective of the cross with pictures of a smooth-skinned Jesus with little more than trickles of blood.

People from 2,000 years ago would be shocked at how we use the cross. Click To Tweet

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