Thursday, October 25th, 2018
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Ps 34:8
It is important for God’s elect to taste the sweetness of God as God meets us in His Word. Ps 34 is a song of thanksgiving in which David begins by praising God for His deliverance from fear and troubles. David then calls upon the people of Israel to remember that their God is both their Protector and Deliverer.
Spiritual hunger longs for rich, substantial nourishment which is amply served through the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that comprises Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection.
This substantive spiritual food will brace our mind with truth and nourish our hearts with God’s satisfying grace.
Our love for God enflames when we see His beauty, taste His mercy and feel His love. God’s elect must savor the incomparable trustworthiness of God’s promises. God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.
Tasting And Seeing
In Ps 34:8, David instructs and encourages the people. First, he implores them to seek the Lord and to know His goodness. Then David tells them that they will be blessed by trusting. Hence, we know that trust is produced by knowing God’s goodness. The words ‘taste and see’ are sensual and experiential. They are sensual in that they describe the action of two of our God given senses. How do we ‘taste and see’ that the Lord is good? Well, before tasting anything, we must eat something and before eating something we must ‘see’ the food. From the beginning, God gives man food to see and to eat. Gen 2:9
Hunger For Food
Adam was created with natural hunger for food. God gave him the produce of the Garden to satisfy his hunger. God also created Adam with a spiritual hunger that only He could satisfy through an intimate relationship. This is the relationship that established Adam’s heart and fueled his actions.
As God’s elect, we also are united to God by our spiritual union through faith in Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. Our new found spiritual relationship with Christ causes us to hunger for intimate relationship with God. However, before Adam sinned, he ‘saw’ God in a way that we do not. Adam had clear ‘sight’ but we only see ‘dimly’ while we remain in this earth. 1 Cor 13:12 When our sight is clear, we will ‘taste’ fully of the goodness of God.
Tasting Before Seeing
Ps 34:8 clearly tells us to taste first and then to see His goodness. How do we ‘taste’ of His goodness? I suggest it is by the milk and meat of the Holy Scriptures. ‘Milk and meat’ are used in Scripture as word pictures of God’s Word. 1 Cor 3:2; Heb 5:12-13
God’s elect from the time of their new birth are to hunger for the Word. Peter likens this hunger to that of a newborn baby. A newborn baby does not need to be taught to hunger and to cry out for milk. The natural hunger is internally experienced and they make their voice heard. As God’s elect, God expects that we are to hunger internally for the Word because it nourishes our living souls. When we hunger, we are to cry out in need for the pure Word and faithful teaching so that we will grow spiritually. This will enable us to ‘taste and see’ the goodness and grace of our Lord. 1 Pet 2:2-3; Ps 119:103
Tasting Produces Seeing
Paul wrote to the Ephesian Church about the importance of ‘tasting’ the Word. In seeking knowledge of God comes wisdom and revelation. That ‘tasting’ produces knowledge of Jesus that gives sight. Eph 1:17-19 Taste and see that the Lord is good. Satisfy your hunger with God’s Word of Truth. Find rest and joy in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. Always endeavor to enlighten your eyes to see Jesus, our only true Hope of glory. Taste God’s goodness and see that the Lord is good. Now we will know the hope of His calling and the riches of His glory in the saints. Eph 1:18
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