The ‘Sweetness’ of God
Bible Excerpt from Psalm 119:97-104
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Reflection by Ron Buford
Have you ever entered a room and noted the familiar sweet and pleasant smell of a perfume or cologne of a friend or lover? Sometimes you can almost taste it. Suddenly, your mind goes to happy and luscious memories. You rush to find your love.
So it can be with God.
The psalmist says this also happens by spending enough time with God–in prayer, Bible study, and contemplation. The smell, the feel, the aura, the taste of God’s Presence in instruction, confirmation, and unexpected calm, even in the midst of trouble, is unmistakable–even when we least expect it, and it is always right on time.
I can almost hear two of my favorite singers, Mahalia Jackson and George Beverly Shea, singing an old favorite gospel song, “I’d Rather Have Jesus.”
He’s fairer than lilies in sweetest bloom
He’s sweeter than honey right out of the comb
He’s all that my hungering spirit needs;
I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead
Than to be the King of a vast domain
Or be held by sin’s dread sway
Oh Lord, I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This old world can afford today.
Gracious God, Thank you for the sweetness of Your Presence, lifting my head even amid difficult circumstances and changing situations. Yes! Your Presence is sweeter than honey! Amen!
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Ron Buford is Director of Development, Northern California Nevada Conference, United Church of Christ.
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