Have you ever acquired a taste for something you now can’t imagine living without?
When you’re teaching yourself to appreciate a certain food or drink you have to commit to the process. Sometimes your first few experiences are terrible, but by persevering, you notice subtitle flavors and sensations that you had previously missed.
For me, drinking coffee is a chore; I have to load it down with sugar and cream just to make it palatable. But for those that have acquired the taste for coffee, a perfectly brewed cup can be the highlight of their day.
In Psalm 34, the psalmist writes that we should “Taste and see that the LORD is good.” Our devotional this morning from Day by Day urges us to take the psalmists advice and set about on the journey of acquiring a taste for the LORD:
Now, would we say that our “taste” for the Lord is an acquired taste? I would say so. For it is only through the contact with the Holy Spirit that we even begin to discover what the Psalmist is talking about when he writes, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
So how does one taste of the Lord? In Psalms 119, we read, “I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” To taste of the Lord, simply means to walk with Him and according to His word. It means meditating on the things of God–chewing on them, if you will. And it means experiencing God in an up close and personal way as we keep our feet from evil and purposely set our hearts on the purposes of our Maker.
In time, our acquired taste is one that we cannot hardly go a day without. We enjoy the pleasantry of His company. We enjoy the warmth of His filling. We enjoy the aroma of His sweet Spirit as He embraces us in all His goodness. We have grown so accustomed to tasting the Lord on a daily basis that, when we do not spend time with Him, we soon feel the effects thereof.
Do you feel like you’ve “acquired a taste” for the Lord?