Here at Mississippi State, there is a specific time of year that I look forward to most. While many would say football or even basketball season, I look forward to a different time… springtime.
Yesterday morning while running, I began to realize that many of the trees around campus had begun to bloom and that meant one other thing for me: it was time to visit my favorite place at my favorite time of the year. Finally it was time to visit to honeysuckle shrub outside of our chapel.
Even as I came running up to the chapel, I could smell the honeysuckle, so sweet in the air. Even after the first smell, I just wanted to run faster. I just wanted to get there and smell spring for the first time in the air. Oh, and how sweet did it smell…. 🙂
But did you know that there is something even sweeter than the smell of springtime? A taste even sweeter than your favorite cake with ice cream?
This morning, I want to share with you a passage in Psalm that has begun to show me the person I want to become: a person that longs for the words of the Lord.
“Oh how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
for it is ever with me.
I have more understanding than my teachers,
for your testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the aged,
for I keep your precepts.
I hold back my feet from every evil way,
in order to keep your word.
I do not turn aside from your rules,
for you have taught me.
How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Through your precepts I get understanding;
therefore I hate every false way.”
When I reached the honeysuckle plant, it was such an amazing realization. God’s word, I saw, will taste even sweeter than those honeysuckles that I put to my tongue. God’s Word, the Bible, they are sweeter than even honey.
It’s in times like those–when love and passion for our Lord burns bright within our hearts–that I realize that God truly is greater. His power is even greater than that of our enemies. No matter what we are struggling with, even the decline of our faith, He is always faithful. He and His words are sweeter than honey. He is good; He is always good.
This morning, I pray that we will see that God and His words are even sweeter than the smell of a beautiful flower or the taste of your favorite sweet dessert.
Long for the taste of His words of your mouth, and be forever satisfied!