Posted by: Veroni Kruger | July 13, 2010

Honey from the comb always tastes better than any imitation

HONEY FROM THE COMB

In one of the first postings from my book on the church, I examined the question of what the highest authority is that we recognize. On November 5, 2009, under the heading “The Church or the Bible” I wrote about the church that it should be built on the foundation of Scripture.

“What is the highest authority we acknowledge? I know what the glib answer is, but I challenge you to read this and answer the question honestly.”

In the next few postings, I want to return to the centrality of Scripture in the church. As I was wondering what would be a good introduction, I decided to let the Bible speak for itself. And so today, here is a passage from Scripture that describes the Word of God in poetic terms.

Each verse contains a different word describing the Word of God, and each word refers to an aspect of what is contained in what God speaks to us, as we find it in the Bible. I invite you to read this a few times aloud, prayerfully, allowing it to sink into your consciousness:

The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
enduring forever.
The ordinances of the LORD are sure
and altogether righteous.

All of this leads to the conclusion in verse 10: that the words of God
are much more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the comb.
(Psalms 19.7-10 NIV)

This is my conclusion also, and the conclusion of millions who have studied the Bible.

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Responses

  1. Amen! Thanks for reminding me of this beautiful Psalm. The Word of the Lord does indeed revive the soul. Gerrit

  2. Thanks, Gerrit. Isn’t it amazing that the Word of the Lord has such a powerful effect on us?

  3. Psalms are such a fountain of blessings. Thank you for drilling into this one … drops of unadulterated honey:
    The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul;
    the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
    the statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
    the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
    the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever;
    the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
    More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold;
    sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

  4. So true. This psalm reminds me of the absoluteness of God and of His unchanging, all-powerful person. Thanks for the post 😀


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