Scripture Reading: Psalm. 119:102- 105
The greatest desire of a hungry man is food. To him, the cook does not matter. He wants food at all cost. Even food from a bad cook could be very sweet to him. In the same manner, the soul of every human being is greatly hungry, it needs to be fed. There is something inside of us that is always calling for satisfaction. There is a very great emptiness within us that seriously craves to be fed at all times. Obviously, this hunger is beyond what the eyes can see in the physical. As a result, no kind or amount of food is potent enough to quench it. It comes from the very depth of man and it reveals the very condition of the soul.
David found himself in this situation and spoke to God in these words: “As the deer panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee” (Psa. 42:1). Of course, this cry for satisfaction was borne out of an inner desire in the heart of David. This was the same man that had countless possessions as a king and other kings and queens came from very far places to share in the enormous wealth of his royal presence. He had thousands of soldiers who would go to war and fight on his behalf. He commanded respect among all the peoples of Israel and there was practically nothing he could not achieve as a king. Yet, in all these glory, quite surprisingly he (David) was not satisfied. Despite all he had and controlled as a royal figure, he was still craving for something. What was he craving for? The Word of God. He poured out his heart to us making it very clear that of all the great and wonderful things he had ever tasted all his life, nothing was to be compared to the word of God. In our text today David said: “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth. (Psa. 119:103).
We have to love the Word of God like the David did. These words are not the words of men. They are not ordinary words, the kind we hear from the lips of men. They are words that God speaks to us for the invigoration of our spirit and our souls. Jesus knew this perfectly well when he said to his followers thus “The words I speak to you, they are spirit and they are life”. God’s words are His teachings to us. God, through His Word teaches us wisdom for graceful living. The word of God purges the soul of man, enlightens it and allows it to have a communion with God. Consequently, we are drawn closer to God. This, certainly, makes us seriously take pleasure in keeping His commandments. No matter the challenges. Of course, the Psalmist knew this and thus said: “Depart from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commandments of my God.” (Ps. 119:115). They are very sweet to him.
Similarly, the word of God offers the greatest comfort to our inner being in moments of confusion and great depression. Those are times when pleasurable things refuse to satisfy; times when we are too inwardly downcast that we lose taste for food and physical comfort. Even friends, at these times, become very incapable of helping us or speaking the right words to us. They may not even understand the language of our mind. In this circumstance what we require so much is the right dosage of the word of God. God’s word reveals the heart of God unto us. Each time we are connected to the message in His word, there is an inward transformation and rejuvenation going on within us.
MASS: GREEN Sir 17: 20-24; Ps 32: 1-2. 5. 6. 7; Mk 10: 17-27
- Thank you Father for your word in my life.
- Take me deeper into a better relationship with you by the revelation of your word.
- Illuminate my inward eyes of understanding that I may see the deep things hidden in your word.
- Allow to come to pass in my life all the promises you made to me in your word.
Exercise: Ensure you use the Study Guide in DSD daily and dig out the gold.
Meditation: Psalm 119:105