Scripture for Today: Psalm 119:102-103 “I have not departed from Your laws, for You Yourself have taught me. How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
The sweetness of honey is not just appreciated by our taste buds. Honey is also helpful in creating new plants from cuttings! Infections can be avoided at the site of the cut by dipping it in a honey and water solution. This is because honey has antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties that save the cutting from rot and infection. This gives the plant cutting a chance to actually form new roots.
Today’s verse tells us that God Himself is involved in teaching us His way through His Word. His laws are sweeter than honey as they keep us close to His heart. Life is sweeter when we obey the Lord and experience His incredible blessing. With the honey of His law we are able to avoid the rot and corruption of the world around us and grow deeper into Him. We want to be grounded and rooted deep in His nourishing love. (Eph. 3:17) Following His law helps us stay healthy, strong and vibrant in our faith.
It seems odd to think of laws and commandments as something sweet! I normally resist anyone telling me what to do and what not to do. But God’s laws are different. They are always true, right and the best to follow. They allow me to live the best kind of life possible, helping me to avoid the snares and pitfalls sin presents. But most importantly, following His way allows me to stay in a closer relationship to the Lover of my soul. I want to be able to say with the psalmist, “I have not departed from Your laws.”
Lord, keep me close to You.