Tasting

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“Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him!” (Psalm 34:8, NLT)

I’ve always said that there is proof for GOD’s existence in a delicious meal. GOD didn’t have to make our nourishment and “daily bread” taste good. But he did. Like a beautiful sunset, GOD makes beauty and captures us through out senses to connect us with Him. Eating could have just as easily been something we just did to make sure we stayed alive, like breathing. Instead, he gave us the sense of taste and made (most) foods with delicious flavors that we can enjoy around a table with our closest friends, just as He did with His disciples.

“You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies” (Psalm 23:5a, NLT).

Not only does GOD give us the sense of taste to enjoy food and connect with others in this common experience, but He lavishes us with a feast, even in the midst of darkness and struggle. Often, it is not a literal feast, but instead, we are promised a spiritual feast of His presence and can, with Him, enjoy the same experience of a table of friends around delicious food, even when we are physically lacking, through the deep-seated joy and fulfillment that GOD provides.

The psalmist goes on to say,

“More to be desired are [the Laws of the LORD] than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.”

As the LORD calls us to taste and see that He is good, He also calls us to desire and obey His commandments, for they lead us to the abundant life that GOD promises us. While it doesn’t always seem like it when we are forced to choose GOD’s way over the lies of temptation, GOD’s path always ultimately leads to the sweeter, simpler, more filling life than the hollow deals that sin tries to make with us at the time.

“…just as my Father has granted me a Kingdom, I now grant you the right to eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom” (Luke 22:29-30a).

How beautiful it would be to sit across the table from Jesus. I think many of us imagine it would be a sterile conversation as if He would only speak to us in parables and high minded theology. I think a more accurate picture is an extended meal with a best friend, laughing, speaking casually, honestly, personally, with no notice of how quickly time is passing. How much joy we would hear in His laugh and how valuable we would feel as He gently nods in compassion and empathy as we describe our fears and struggles. Imagine just for a moment the look in Jesus’ eye as He told you how much he enjoyed spending a meal with you.

The beauty is that this sort of interaction is exactly the life that we are offered by Jesus. He invites us to an intimate and personal relationship with Him where he can come to Him as we are and He loves us all the same and always values the time we spend in His presence. There’s always an open seat and a warm meal at the table of the LORD and there’s a placemat prepared for each of us.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″ css=”.vc_custom_1422323455062{background-color: #f7f7f7 !important;}”][vc_column_text css_animation=””]

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