THE BATTLE OF THE RELISH!
Why do they call it "relish"? It’s a nasty, green chunky topping for a hot dog. In my opinion, there is nothing to "relish" about it. Just give me some good dark mustard that’s been warming up all summer at Wrigley Field and I’ll be fine.
Besides being an odorous condiment for a weiner, "relish" (\ˈre-lish\) also refers to an "enjoyment of or delight in something that satisfies one’s tastes, inclinations, or desires." To relish something is to strongly like that thing. In my opinion, hot dog relish is evil. True relish is delighting in that one thing that truly satisfies our greatest soul-desire.
In the second section of Psalm 119 (starting with the Hebrew letter "Bet"), we can sense a violent battle happening between condiment relish and soul relish. It’s hard to stay pure in life when there is so much condiment relish tempting us. Meanwhile, our soul yearns to relish God and walk with him. Well, I am not ashamed to say that I would rather relish in everything God has than eat relish on some horse-lip-meat in a bun. What I’m trying to say is that we need to relish life deeply… not condimentally… for that is what leads us to God and to true joy. Meditate on these verses (119:9-16 from the Message)~~~
9-16 How can a young person live a clean life?
By carefully reading the map of your Word.
I’m single-minded in pursuit of you;
don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted.
I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart
so I won’t sin myself bankrupt.
Be blessed, God;
train me in your ways of wise living.
I’ll transfer to my lips
all the counsel that comes from your mouth;
I delight far more in what you tell me about living
than in gathering a pile of riches.
I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you,
I attentively watch how you’ve done it.
I relish everything you’ve told me of life,
I won’t forget a word of it.