Psa. 119:103 How sweet are Your words to my taste,
Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
I have so many great memories of being in services with Dick Mills. He was a throwback spiritually and culturally to another age, at the same time he was fresh and current. Dick Mills loved the Holy Spirit and he loved God’s word. I can remember him being overcome with emotion many times and declaring this verse, “How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.” Why was this verse apparently so special to Brother Mills? It was because he had tasted the reality of God in His word. His words were sweeter than honey to his mouth. This experiential Christianity is hard to explain to the natural man or the casual Christian. Football is sweet, vacations are sweet, grandkids and children can be sweet, even hunting, fishing and shopping are sweet to most people. But to describe God’s word as especially sweet is just over the top or irrelevant to most. Jonathan Edwards was all about experiential Christianity. Here are his thoughts on this verse.
“There is given to the regenerated a new, supernatural sense, a certain divine, spiritual taste. This is in its whole nature diverse from any of the other five senses, and something is perceived by a true saint in the exercise of this new sense of mind, in spiritual and divine things, as entirely different from anything that is perceived in them by natural men, as the sweet taste of honey is diverse from the ideas men get of honey by looking on it or feeling of it. Now the beauty of holiness is that which is perceived by this spiritual sense, so diverse from all that natural men perceive in them; or, this kind of beauty is the quality that is the immediate object of this spiritual sense; this is the sweetness that is the proper object of this spiritual taste. The Scripture often represents the beauty and sweetness of holiness as the grand object of a spiritual taste and a spiritual appetite. This was the sweet food of the holy soul of Jesus Christ, John 4:32,34. ‘I have meat to eat that ye know not of…My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.'”
What kind of “food” delights your soul. Maybe you don’t have a taste for the scripture quite yet but just give it a try. The more you taste it the sweeter it will become.