Seeing life's events in the light of God's Word.

Sweeter Than Honey

on September 29, 2014

Psalm 119:103– “How sweet are Your words to my taste; Sweeter than honey to my mouth.” Last week, the morning news showed long lines of people at our local shopping mall, as well as many others across the United States and around the world. Some had been waiting in line more than two weeks to purchase the new I Phone 6.  Some slept in tents, others relaxed in lounge chairs, still others rested on full size mattresses! No, this wasn’t a bargain sale. The cost was astronomical. Still thousands couldn’t contain their excitement as they waited for the Apple Store to open. I asked myself, as I watched dumbfounded, what could even compare to the record number of people who had turned out to be among the first to own the newest version of the I Phone? Would crowds have gathered in such numbers to buy, say, a copy of God’s Word, The Bible? It is the best-selling book of all time, no denying that. But, would it set off such a buying frenzy? Not in the United States. Not in any affluent country in which Bibles are plentiful.  Those of us who want one, are able to purchase one in a vast array of styles, covers, print options, sizes, and so on. In fact, I’m sure there are a lot of us that have several copies: thin, New Testament only, study Bibles. Some zip, others have handles, some children’s Bibles sparkle—variations abound. Because the Bible is so accessible, so plentiful, I am afraid that many of us take it for granted. But, there are some countries where seeing a copy of the Bible is a rarity. And whether that is because of poverty or lack of religious freedom, the Bible is revered as the precious Word of God that it truly is. Yes, if those people had an opportunity to see—to even touch—a Bible, I can imagine it would cause quite a stir. For a moment, imagine what it would be like to witness such a spectacular turn out to purchase a Bible. And then, glance in the direction of your bookshelf or bedside table and see the miracle displayed there in the form of a book inspired by the Holy Spirit. After a word of thanks, open it to Psalm 119 and turn to verse 103. Meditate, along with the psalmist, on the words written there. In the wonder of the moment, imagine the words to be as sweet on your own tongue, as they were to him when he penned them. Brenda

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