Tasting the Lord in the Gospel

31 May

When is the last time you tasted the Lord?

Old Testament Imagery

“Taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! (Psalm 34:8)”

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103)”

“My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you can find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off. (Proverbs 24:13-14)”

These passages convey the joy, passion and yearning of the writers for God.  David beckons us to taste the Lord. And when you’ve tasted of Him, you will know He is good. The psalmist, in Psalm 119 compares tasting of God’s Word to the tasting of honey.  It is sweeter and more satisfying than all else!  And Solomon, the son of David, writes that just as honey and the honeycomb are good and sweet, wisdom (which is of the Lord) is the same to one’s soul and is the foundation for the future and a hope that will not be cut off.

Taste and See: Jesus Christ

Yet, despite all the imagery that the Old Testament text provides for tasting the Lord, we see this concept robustly fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  And what does Jesus beckon us to do? He does the same as David, who called for us to taste and see that the Lord is good.

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven.  If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh. (John 6:51)”

“Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ (Matthew 26:26)”

Jesus came to earth in the form of a man in order to accomplish the predestined plans of the Father to rescue a people for His glory and their joy. He lived a perfect life, died the horribly perfect death and rose in perfected glory on behalf of sinful people like you and I. He calls us to taste of the Gospel of God’s grace and savor it each and every day.  For it is in Jesus Christ and in the Gospel that we truly understand that God is good! We come to know the sweetness of grace and satisfaction of being found righteous before the God of the Universe! And finally, it is only the wisdom of the Gospel that refreshes the soul and fuels the hope we have of eternal life and the joys to come in God’s Kingdom!

I have tears in my eyes now, thinking of just how beautiful and amazing these statements are.  Oh that we might taste of God like this each and everyday, and be satisfied!

And so we come to the question of how? How can I taste of the Gospel each day? Open the Word of God. I think this is single-handedly the most certain way in which God speaks to us.  The Scripture is “breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)” It is sufficient for us. Take the Bible and read it, knowing that the whole of Scripture points to God’s plan to save a people for Himself, and that it reaches it apex in the person of Jesus Christ. It is in God’s very own words that we can taste Him.

So, taste the Lord in the Gospel and let your mind and soul be satisfied…

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