Delight in God’s Word by Pastor Fred Garnes
Our minds are one of the gifts that God has given to us, His image bearers, so that we can appreciate, communicate with, and enjoy Him. God has given us minds and demanded that we use them in understanding and applying His Word faithfully. When the psalmist experienced the joy of this discovery he declared -How sweet Your Word is to my taste —sweeter than honey in my mouth. Psalm 119:103HCSB
So how do we delight in the Word of God? How do we develop a taste for the Word of God as the psalmist did? He might have prayed for new taste buds on the tongue of his heart as he meditated on the awesome promises of Mighty God to his people. You can almost feel this as you read and listen with your mind to what the psalmist said “Open my eyes so that I may contemplate wonderful things from Your instruction “Psalm 119:18HCSB. The psalmist prayed this because to have the ability to taste and savor the Word of God in one‘s heart is a gift from God. No one naturally hungers for and delights in God’s Word unless the Spirit of God opens the eyes of his or her understanding and creates that desire to “taste and see that the Lord is good”…Psalm 34:8HCSB.
When you meditate on the benefits of God’s promises to his people and on the joy of having Almighty God as your helper now and as your eternal hope, you are beyond happy (contentment without end).
In the beginning of the Hymnal (Psalms 1:1) the psalmist describes as happy (genuine contentment) the one who does not follow the advice of the wicked or take the path of sinners or join a group of mockers( naysayers), but finds his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. This one can do it with confidence because “Every word of God proves true; no argument has ever, can, or will stand against it.
How happy (content) is the man who takes refuge in Him and in His Word. This is a gift for all who trust in God. The Prophet Isaiah reminds us- Isa.26:3HCSBparaphrased for emphasis.
“You (Almighty God) will keep (my) mind when is dependent on You in perfect peace (serenity and contentment), for it (my mind) is trusting (only) in You”.
Ask God to develop the taste buds on the tongue of your heart. He will develop and satisfy your appetite, hunger, and thirst for His Word with His Word. And as you delight in the Word of God and savor it above all else that is sweet – you too will shout with the psalmist and myriads of others Oh! How sweet are Your Words to my taste! They are sweeter than honey in my mouth.
Pastor Fred Garnes 3.28.14