Sunday, October 17, 2010

Psalm 119:97–104; 2 Timothy 3:14–4:5

My friend Jim was my religion professor during my freshman year of college. He and I reminisce about the book he assigned for the course, William Hordern's Layman's Guide to Protestant Theology. I was new to religious studies and so excited by the book that I got up at 4 a.m. to finish it. The book and the course inspired me to begin serious Bible study and to choose a church vocation.

On the basis of my experience, I understand the excitement of the psalmist. "How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" he sings to God. How wonderful to discover God's word! In his love for the law, the psalmist is effusive and sensual; with a few word changes, verse 103 could be said to a lover.

 

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