Boy, do I have a sweet tooth! I do not have a craving for everything sweet, but put a slice of red velvet cake, sweet potato pie, or soft oatmeal raisin cookies in front of me and the struggle becomes real! One bite of any of these and I’m on cloud nine. My sweet tooth for these desserts causes me to say, “yes,” when I should say, “no.” It produces a desire within me than becomes impossible to control. They taste so sweet to me, sweeter than any other dessert I have tried. It may not be a dessert, but what have you tasted that makes your taste buds scream? What do you eat that makes you say, “Mmmm, good?”
As the psalmist continues to describe what God’s word means and does for him, here we see a very descriptive statement giving more insight on how he views the laws of the Lord. The psalmist describes the words of God as being sweet. Not only is God’s word sweet to him, but sweeter than anything he has ever tasted before, even honey! In other words, the psalmist may have been familiar with other teachings, doctrines, and wisdom’s of the world, but they stood apart once he tasted and digested God’s word. After tasting God’s word, he realized there was nothing sweeter. He finally found that dessert that stood above the rest. After experiencing how pleasant it was to learn, memorize, meditate, and practice God’s word, he experienced a spiritual sweet tooth like no other.
Do you have a spiritual sweet tooth? Do you crave to learn, memorize, meditate, and practice God’s word leaving you praising Him by saying, “How sweet your words taste to me.” There are many doctrines and teachings we may be exposed to, but there is nothing sweeter than the word of God. There is nothing more that should be desired after tasting and feasting upon His words. We should develop a craving like no other once we learn more about God and His word. A physical sweet tooth can be dangerous if it is not controlled, and a spiritual sweet tooth can be dangerous also, not for the taster, but the taster’s enemies. God’s words are indeed sweet, sweeter than honey.
Scriptural Challenge: Evaluate your desire and craving for God’s word, how sweet is it to you? If it is not sweeter than anything you have ever tasted, then you need to eat more.
Shad E. Comeaux lives in the Houston area with his wife Carranda. He is the author/founder of the Daily Inspiration Email Ministry and is the devotional editor for Brothaonline.com. An ordained elder he attends the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, under the leadership of Dr. D.Z. Cofield.