Psalm 119 – Mem (Sweeter Than Honey)
Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.
Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me.
I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.
I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts.
I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word.
I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me.
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.
“Oh, how I love your law!” The Psalmist simply loved God’s words! Can we describe our love for God’s word with the same excitement? Honestly, we cannot say we love God’s words if we have not been meditating on it throughout the day. Yes, perhaps how we define “all day long” may be subjective, but it is a question of honesty as we reflect if we are really meditating on God’s words. I have friends who are just crazy about reading the Bible daily because they love God’s words; they can teach me insights I would have never thought of.
The Psalmist sounded like he felt proud about himself: “wiser than my enemies”, “have more insights than all my teachers” and “have more understanding than the elders”. We may mistakenly think he is boastful, but his boast was not about himself; he was boasting what meditating and obeying God’s precepts has helped him to become. He was boasting about God, and the power of God's words.
Teachers may stop studying the Bible diligently because they are confident in their knowledge, and elders may stop meditating on Scriptures because of their reliance on their experience. When they stop learning, it is easy for anyone else who truly studies God’s words to become wiser than them.
The Word of God is so broad that we can never measure its boundary, “To all perfection I see a limit; but your commands are boundless.” (Psalm 119:96)
“I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word.” The Psalmist found delight in God’s words and loved it so much so that he was afraid of losing it.
All of us have something we treasure and are absolutely afraid of losing. What are they? For those of us who are married, our spouse would (and should) be it. We love our spouse and are afraid of losing them. Thus we kept our “feet from every evil path”, avoiding traps and pitfalls that may harm our marriage.
To the Psalmist, his treasure is the Word of God. He desires to obey God's words because he loves them. He didn’t obey them because he was afraid of hell, but found pleasure in obedience. Doesn’t it make sense that God wants us to enjoy it when we obey His words? His plan is to prosper us in our walk with Him. No one enjoys walking the evil path, we actually dread it. The evil path contradicts our innermost wants and leads us to depart from reading His words, which we should love.
God’s words are sweet to the Psalmist, “sweeter than honey”. If we do not find God’s words sweet, we have a problem. When troubles come our way, the lack of understanding of God’s words and His love for us makes it harder for us to be faithful. It is not too late though, God’s words are a delicacy we should know we are missing and we should desire the experience. Singaporeans don’t mind queuing or traveling across the island to buy the best food, to share them with our friends, and enjoy the goodness together. The words of God are sweeter than any of these. Let’s dive deep into His words and enjoy His goodness.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.