The 19th Psalm is so rich! No greater description of the Bible exists than in this list where it tells us that God’s Word is perfect, sure, right, pure, clean, and true. Then in verses 10 it culminates into these truths, “More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”
Some doctors appointments lately have been very helpful in quantifying what is going on with my body. They have been able to pinpoint the area of the brain that has been damaged explaining various physical ailments. Basically, any part of the body’s function that is involuntary is messed up because of a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. Physically this manifests itself in faulty heart wiring, the digestive system and of-course the involuntary muscle movements. More than physical, doctors have also been able to quantify how the CO damage has effected my brain and its mental capacity. There is nothing they can do about any of this at this point but it is good to have it quantified.
As a result, I have been diagnosed with a type of dementia where my brain cannot handle multiple stimuli. Multi-tasking or even being in a room where there is more than 2 or 3 people with various activities or noises is very very difficult for me. This dementia manifest itself also in the difficulty of learning new things. During a test a doctor showed me a few different pictures and then asked me to describe what I saw a few moments later. Other than the first photo, I could not remember anything about the pictures nor even what they were. Praise the Lord that God has allowed me to retain all previous knowledge, but learning something new is a chore.
It was good to quantify this dementia because it is what I have been experiencing everyday for many months. It makes simple tasks pretty interesting. Even daily devotions. Just this morning I listened to a few books of the Bible from my iPad but I cannot tell you anything of what I heard. At one moment I really concentrated and actually heard a couple of verses. Now, I have no idea what those verses were at this point. Too much stimuli.
On the worst days I will use much effort to focus on just one verse that I am attempting to read. After reading it several times, there is some truth of it that is impacting to me that I write down in a journal. The funny thing is I have no idea what that verse or truth was latter in the day. So, a few times a day I will go back to the journal and read the verse and how it impacted me again. Each reference back to the verse is though I am discovering it for the first time!
I share this with you because I can tell you from experience that God’s Word is so precious and refreshing that it is sweeter than honey. What a privilege God has given me to be able to taste the same verse as though it was the first time several times a day!
This Christmas, may we not allow the joys of sweets, Christmas movies, nor even family to lessen our appetite for the wonderful Word of God. For not only are God’s written testimonies costly and tastily but by them also, “...your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward” (Psalm 19:11 NKJV).
May God give you a wonderful Christmas.