I remember these words in other’s prayers as a child: that we might savor of the things of the Lord. In Matthew 16:23 Jesus turned to Peter and said, “…Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
Ephesians 5:1-2 says, “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”
A seeking heart ‘savors’ the things of the Lord. To savor is to taste and enjoy it completely. I love lemon pie. I savor every bite. It has a clear and distinct flavor that sets my taste buds dancing with delight.
Do you savor God’s word? Psalm 1:2 says, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.” Meditating is savoring. It is bringing His word into our heart, muling it over, ‘tasting’ each morsel, and delighting in it.
A seeking heart is pure and undefiled. Jeremiah 15:19 says, “…if you take out the precious from the vile, you shall be as My mouth…” Verse 16 says, “…Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart…”
Psalm 12:6 says, “The word of the Lord are pure word, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” Psalm 19:8 says, “The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.”
Three weeks ago I had a free nutritional consultation with a certified dietician. She suggested I increase my calories. I diligently figured out my calories for two weeks. I still missed the mark. Counting calories started to rule over life.
Yesterday I realized this could quickly become a heart-idol to bring me into servitude. I quit. I walked away from it. No more was I going to let it have any more place in my thoughts. I see now this whole thing was a distraction.
Lord, help us savor Your word. Help us bring it into our hearts to expand and increase our desire for You. Reveal any heart-idols that would distract us in our pursuit of Your righteous ways. Draw us deeper into intimate communion with You.