Psalm 119:1-16 (NRSV)

1 Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord. 2 Happy are those who keep his decrees, who seek him with their whole heart, 3 who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways. 4 You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. 5 O that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! 6 Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. 7 I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous ordinances. 8 I will observe your statutes; do not utterly forsake me. 9 How can young people keep their way pure? By guarding it according to your word. 10 With my whole heart I seek you; do not let me stray from your commandments. 11 I treasure your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you. 12 Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes. 13 With my lips I declare all the ordinances of your mouth. 14 I delight in the way of your decrees as much as in all riches. 15 I will meditate on your precepts, and fix my eyes on your ways. 16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.

Psalm 119:103 (NRSV)

103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

DEVOTION -Mark Wallace (Suffolk, England)

A few years ago I decided that I was overweight, so I began a diet and exercise regimen.  I had to control the portions and the types of food I consumed.  I needed to reduce the cakes, chocolates, and sweets and eat more salads, fruits, and other nourishing foods.

One day my wife gave me some nuts for a snack.  I never liked to eat nuts in the past, but I took a handful and ate them.  I found that I quite liked them!  My sense of taste had changed over the years.  I discovered that the fruit and salads I once avoided are now pleasing and tasty to me.  I no longer crave snacks such as chocolate and other sweets.

Psalm 119 reminds us that we should long for God’s word.  Just as we digest our food, so we should consume God’s words.  The food we eat provides us with energy, strength, and life.  Consequently, when we read, study, and absorb what we read in the Bible, we can grow as Christians every day.

I now try to control what I eat by choosing more wholesome, nutritious foods rather than rich, fatty sweets and desserts.  Likewise, we should look at what we digest spiritually.  Just as we have to make time to eat properly, so should we make time to digest what God says to us when we read the Bible and pray.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Spending time with God daily makes a good spiritual diet.

PRAYER: Dear Father, thank you for your holy word, the Bible.  Help us to digest your word and use it as our spiritual source of energy day by day.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE WHO STRUGGLE WITH OBESITY

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