Director of Missions

Taste and See

 

Sitting at my Grandmother’s dinner table as a small child, while surrounded by family and amazing food, was one of my fondest childhood memories.  It was there that I was introduced to some exciting foods. I had my first encounter with creamed corn, fried okra, and homemade biscuits. I was given fresh tomatoes, pickled beets, bread and butter pickles, turnip greens, and mashed potatoes that transported you to another dimension. There was delicious roast, glorious fried chicken, succulent chicken and dumplings, and fried apple turnovers. When you approached the dessert table you could hear angels singing quietly in the background. Spread out before you were red velvet sheet cake, glorious coconut cake, candied yams, sumptuous brownies, and apple pies that defy the imagination. My taste buds were so happy. There was a joy to those moments as we ate together and tasted the delicacies my Grandmother had prepared. Those days have defined my taste for certain foods. A simple vine ripened tomato on a fresh biscuit will transport me back to those glorious days. 

Yet, there is something even more glorious than my Grandmother’s amazing cooking, if that is possible. The thing that is most glorious is to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). The most powerful way to ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’ is by reading His Word. The Psalmist says “How sweet are your words to me, sweeter than honey to my mouth” (119:103). The Scriptures are like my Grandmother’s table. You will find there spiritual foods which will excite your spiritual taste-buds. Contained in the Scripture is a feast for every day. His Word contains dishes of wisdom and instruction that will guide your steps. You will find delicacies in His Word that speak of the unspeakable love of God and His abundant mercy. There will be plates of spiritual instruction that will help direct your life and assist you in passing that knowledge on to others. You will find delicacies in His word that will strengthen your body, mind, and soul. The food of God’s Word when eaten on a regular basis will help you to grow and flourish. It you consistently eat from God’s Word you will find you have a greater appetite for it. And if you neglect to eat it you will find yourself weakened and emaciated. 

John Piper said, “Spiritual hunger longs for rich, substantial nourishment……God’s omnipotent exuberance to do us good is one of the most freeing discoveries a human can make. Oh, that we might believe it and savor it and bring it to mind again and again until it is our very nature to feel the truth that the godly are designed for unknown and inconceivable happiness.” 

Let us taste and see that the Lord is good. The banquet of His word is accessible to us every day. Pull up a seat to the Lord’s table and taste and see that He is good. 

Serving the Lord Together, 

Eric