Taste & See
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing (Ps. 34:8-9).
How does one "taste" God? "I have not turned aside from Your ordinances, for You Yourself have taught me. How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! From Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way" (Ps. 119:2-4)
David saw God's power bring down a giant, deliver him from the hand of a murderous king, and reclaim his family when they were kidnapped.
YET the same man tells us in order to truly "taste the Lord," one must feed on His Word.
There was another individual who witnessed God's power in overwhelming and miraculous ways, YET again he cries out: "I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight" (Ex. 33:13). God's law was delivered to him.
This is amazing to me. Godly men who witnessed and experienced incredible things still hungered for the Word of God. Why? The awesome and miraculous did not satisfy their hunger to truly know God, only tasting His Word and knowing His ways could do that.
Fast forward to here and now. Could it be that folks place too much emphasis on "signs" from God, eager to seize upon every "likeness" burned into their morning toast or tree in their backyard? Hasn't God already revealed Himself in a way to satisfy us all?
I fear many make this mistake. They say along with the ancients, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from you," and they forget Jesus' response: "A wicked and adulterous generation demands a sign..." (Matt. 12:38-39). Notice where Jesus points them next, what is their real need?
"The men of Nineveh will stand at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the PREACHING of Jonah, and now One greater than Jonah is here" (Matt. 12:41). They needed to humbly obey the Word of God just as ancient Nineveh did!
Could we be asking in our hearts, as the rich man pleaded with Abraham, if only "someone is sent to our family from the dead, they will repent"? Do you remember Abraham's response? "They have Moses and the prophets; let your brothers LISTEN to them...If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead" (Lk. 16:29-31).
I think it's coming into focus. Stop looking to the novel, the dramatic, the theatrical. Stop looking, even, for the miraculous. If you desire to truly taste the Lord, look no further than His Word. Men inspired by God (David), who spoke directly with God––face to face (Moses), and men with God in Heaven NOW (Abraham), and God Himself in Jesus Christ all say the same thing: HEAR AND OBEY THE WORD OF GOD.
If you do, Scripture says, you will be "enlightened," "taste the heavenly gift," "partake of the Holy Spirit," taste "powers of the age to come," and "taste that the Lord is good" (Heb. 6:4; 1 Pet. 2:3).
Those who fear and obey the Lord, David says, "lack nothing." As we come to know every spiritual blessing in Christ, the things of the earth grow dim. As Christians grow in their understanding of Christ––who He is, what He's done, what He promises, their desires for the things of this world shrink and wither away. They lack nothing because they have everything in Christ.