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.