Sweeter than Honey

“What does he know that I don’t?”

David, the writer of Psalm 119, says, “How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey.” (Psalm 119:103) Granted, there are some nice things in the Bible, but really, “sweeter than honey?”

Here’s what David understands that we often miss when we read the Scriptures.  ALL of the Bible is good news.

  • Good news that God made the world a beautiful place and will return to make it new again.
  • Good news that God made a way for Adam and Eve and has made a way for us.
  • Good news that God is always faithful to His people no matter how long they wander in the desert or how far they go.
  • Good news that His commands lead to life, and life abundantly.
  • Good news that Jesus is the true light of the world, and has come to shine in us and through us to drive back the darkness in our world.

When you understand good news like that, it is very sweet indeed.

Wineskins

Which is better, old or new?

Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.” -Matthew 9:17

How easy it is in our “newer-is-better” consumer culture to discard the old in favor of the new…but Jesus doesn’t do that.  Jesus finds value in both the seasoned and the start-up, the trendy and the traditional.

Don’t be so quick to embrace the shine of the present that you miss the substance of the past, and don’t let the comfort of the familiar keep you from the fresh wine of a brand new day.

Need

If you think you have it all together, it’s doubtful Jesus has much for you…

And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Mat 9:10-13

Those who think they have it all together are usually the ones who look down on those who don’t.  Yet, just as God the Father “opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6), Jesus -God the Son- says He comes “not to call the ‘righteous’, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:13b, quotes added).

For those who think they have no need of grace, there will be no grace to be found.  For those who know their poverty of spirit, the abundant riches of the grace of Jesus will be poured out on them, to as a great a degree as they are willing to ask for and receive.

The “poor in spirit” are blessed indeed. (Matthew 5:3)

Hunger and Fire

A.W. Tozer from his book THE PURSUIT OF GOD

Within the fold of conservative Christianity there are increasing numbers of persons whose religious lives are marked by a growing hunger after God Himself.  Yet I wonder if there was ever a time when true spiritual worship was at lower ebb.

But this hunger must be recognized by our religious leaders.  Current evangelicalism has laid the altar and divided the sacrifice into parts, but now seems satisfied to count the stones and rearrange the pieces with never a care that there is not a sign of fire upon the top of Carmel (The mountain of Elijah, 1 Kings 18:38).

In the midst of this great chill there are some who will not be content with shallow logic.  They will turn away with tears and pray, “O God, show me Thy glory.”  They want to taste, to touch with their hearts, to see with their inner eyes the wonder that is God.  When religion has said its last word, there is little that we need other than God Himself.

(Thanks to Terry Williams for forwarding this. http://www.floridaworship.org)

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