Taste and See

psalm34_8“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
-Psalm 34:8

In this world, we rely heavily on our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Through these, we perceive and experience the world around us.

How rich are the ways in which God reaches out and blesses us through our senses.

We can see and hear God’s Word, where He reveals all truth to us. “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear” (Mark 4:23) and “Blessed are your eyes for they see” (Matthew 13:16). Through braille a person can touch the Word of God.

In 2 Corinthians 2, we are told that as God’s children “we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life.“ So, smell also plays a part of our walk of faith with God.

Psalm 119:103 says, “How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” What is sweeter than honey? We are told that God’s Word is even sweeter.

When we receive the body and blood of Christ in Holy Communion, we get a chance to taste and see that the Lord is good. In the Lord’s Supper, we not only taste, touch and smell the bread and wine, we hear and see God’s Word. Because Jesus’ body and blood are present in, with and under the bread and wine, we receive forgiveness of sins, strengthening of our faith, and eternal life.

We experience God with all our senses now, and we get a foretaste of the feast to come, when we will be in the full presence of God.

* Pastor Bill

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