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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bee (photo by Mike Book)
This outstanding photo of a bee collecting nectar was taken by our friend Mike Book. I am most impressed by the translucent wings! (Note however that this is not a honeybee)
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"How Sweet Are Your Words!"

"Sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb (Psalm 19:10) "How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" (Psalm 119:103). "Thy words were found and I ate them, and Thy words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Thy name, O Lord God of hosts" (Jeremiah 15:16).

Mike and Kathy are longtime friends who make their home in North Carolina. On their last visit they brought us a very sweet treat; a quart of honey! I suppose honey is a universal gift that will bless virtually all. I recall a song that has this line, "Bees make honey and it sure tastes good." It was a teaching tape for children concerning the fruit of the spirit.

Photo of Bit-O-Honey
Brooksyne's favorite candy is "Bit-O-Honey" a small, chewy morsel with a rich, creamy, honey-nutty flavor. It's been around since 1924 so she even had it when she was a little girl! (Editor's Note: I wasn't around that early, Stephen!) Preparing for a long trip we might buy a bag and share it among family members since "the chew" makes the long journey just a little sweeter (especially if we are caught in a traffic jam!)

The great thing about the Bible is the universality of the illustrations. I don't know this for sure but I suppose that regardless of where you live you have bees and honey. David wrote today's Scripture portion some 3,000 years ago and he was from a part of the world far away from where I live. Even as I type my appetite is building for a piece of hot buttered toast spread with the North Carolina honey.  I've no doubt that it will be sweet to my mouth and the taste will linger for awhile.

Psalm 119 is a wonderful extolling of the Scriptures. David would have had far less of the written word than we have today, since much of the Old Testament and all of the New Testament were not yet written. Yet he declared, "How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"  May we approach the Scriptures with this same attitude when we read God's Word.  Consider this text the next time you enjoy some honey!

Physically, munching can lead to over indulgence and undesirable weight gain. In fact in my own life an identifiable issue of self-control is munching! I am capable of munching throughout the day. There are days where I might be taking in more through munching than regular meals. I would do well to post signs that say, "No Munching!" on the fridge and here at the desk.

But there is an area of my life where munching is allowed and is in fact a good thing contributing to spiritual growth. It doesn't replace the established habits of the spiritual life such as Bible study, prayer and fellowship with other maturing believers.

But I believe the ability to partake of spiritual nutrition, such as meditative munching on God's Word throughout the day, is healthy.  It might be a Bible verse shared by a friend, a brief prayer at work with a fellow worker or an edifying Christian song we hear on the radio.  I hope for many of you healthy munching on spiritual morsels throughout your day includes this brief devotional! 

The Psalmist wrote, "How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" As we meditate on God's Word throughout the day we can taste of the goodness of the Lord! Perhaps we need to post a sign that reads, "Spiritual munching allowed and encouraged!"  It will surely bring a smile to your face as it brightens your countenance throughout the day.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man
Daily prayer: Father, deep in my soul I have peace and reassurance as I "chew" on a particular Scripture verse throughout my day.  You speak to me through Your Word and it refreshes and often challenges me as it lingers on my mind. It helps me to focus not just on the here and now.  Sometimes You use the words of a Christian song and it's recurring tune to fill my thoughts as I go about my work.  At times You bring to mind the words of a Christian friend or a written message that draws me from indifference or complacency and inspires me to meditate on the Living Word.  You satisfy my hungry heart and fill my thirsty soul with Your living water. Your words are a sweet savor to my soul as I walk in obedience to Your Holy Word.  Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Goodness"  Video  Music Machine

"How I Love You"  Video  Rick Pino

"Hungry"  Video  Kathryn Scott

"Bread Of Heaven"  Video  

"Fill My Cup, Lord"  Video  

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