“How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey.” Psalm 119:103
I have a confession to make. I have a big sweet tooth. If I had to point a finger at the culprit, I’d have a doughnut hanging there. Yes, it’s true. Doughnuts are to blame.
When I was growing up, our family went to the beach every summer, and in the mornings my early-bird dad would go to the local doughnut shop and buy fresh ones hot off the conveyor belt for us. It was really a sweet “special delivery.”
When we’d get home from vacation, we would beg Mama to make homemade doughnuts. She obliged us on a regular basis by deep-frying canned biscuits. She used a plastic bottle cap as her doughnut-hole cutter. We could choose chocolate or vanilla icing for her homemade delicacies, and she would slather it on and we would scarf them down! My mom fried the doughnut holes, too, which were my favorite because I could dip them in icing, covering the entire pastry.
I’m not a doughnut- a-day person anymore, but every now and then I buy the little powdered-sugar doughnuts to go with my coffee and Bible in the morning. In the same way I developed a craving for doughnuts, my sweet tooth for God’s Word developed by repetition. When I actually began to read the Bible on a daily basis, His words became sweeter and sweeter as I interacted with Him each day through its pages.
As humans, we long for food that tastes good to us. We crave things that are pleasing to the taste, flavors we can savor for a while. And we love our sweets! In Bible times honey was the sweetest substance on earth.
In today’s verse from Psalm 119, the psalmist craved the sweetness of the Lord’s promises and instructions. In fact, for 176 verses, he cannot say enough about the value of God’s Word. Do I hear an amen to that?
Enjoy your sweet time with the Lord, indulging daily. His Word provides a sweet sustenance you and I cannot live without.