“The rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.” (Psalm 19:9-10)
When our four-year-old grandson comes over, he often says, “Papa, I want a sweet.” I can understand that, as I have been known to raid the pantry late at night in search of such tasty delights.
In the days of King David, honey and the honeycomb were the sweets of choice. But to David there was something even sweeter: the rules of the LORD. “Wait a minute,” you ask, “How can rules be sweet?” When you have tasted the bitterness of doing it your way and suffering the consequences, good rules that lead to success are sweet.
In fact, they are so sweet that David said they are more desirable than fine gold! (I’m assuming that’s the 24 carat variety.) Now if I said that it wouldn’t mean much, since I don’t possess much gold. But as king of Israel, David had plenty of gold, yet he valued God’s Word more than all that!
What about us? Do we find the Word to be sweet? Or is it like eating Shredded Wheat without milk or sugar? Is the Word more valuable to us than gold? Or do we reach for gold rather than God through His Word?
David also wrote:
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Psalms 34:8)
Before we reach for what we think will satisfy, let’s try reaching for the Word. Not satisfying? Then ask God to make it sweet to your taste and satisfying to your soul. You may soon discover what David discovered. You may even begin to crave it like the sweets in your pantry!
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