Today’s Devotional: Acquired Taste

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?

5 Responses to “Today’s Devotional: Acquired Taste”

  • Pat says:

    I like this article a lot! Yes, I have acquired a taste.

  • Sean Scott says:

    My taste for the Lord is growing day-by-day. It has been almost three years since I accepted Jesus and I can clearly see how far I have grown in my faith, in my knowledge and in my share of the ministry.

    But I know I still have a really long way to go. There are many parts of the Bible I have not read. I have days where I don’t feel as enthusiastic about God, which is probably normal, but the Devil beats you up over. Thank you, God, you are forgiving!

    It is a lifelong journey, the way is steep, narrow, and not easy. But I have God for my feet, Jesus to guide me, and the Holy Spirit to lead me.

    Each day I find myself deeper in faith, deeper in love, and deeper in God.

    • Terry Critchfield says:

      Matthew 4:4 “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds forth from the mouth of God.” There are some foods that are very beneficial to us, but don’t actually excite us when it comes to taste. It’s important that we don’t reject certain things on the basis of taste alone. Beyond taste, comes chewing, and then digestion. We need to take the time to chew on God’s Word and allow the juices of the Holy Spirit help us to digest and assimilate His truth for us personally.

  • Oh sure, this was a very good article. Day by day as christians we have to try and develop a love and passion for God. By reading his word, praying,fasting and serving others. If we fail to do any of these things then we are not going to acquire the true taste of God. Lets endeavour to get in an intimate relationship with our saviour

  • Gerald says:

    There is something interesting I find about tasting, maybe others have found it too. Over time you can begin to savour the taste and do really get to like it but equally over time you can get tired of it. The real question for me is, how do I continue to savour the taste of Christ.

    Without a doubt Christ has been good to me, His blessings are real in both tangible and intangible ways…inspite of this knowledge and fact there are times when I do things that makes me question my own “delight” in doing God’s will. Sometimes I may even seek to justify why I do things that are clearly from Christian tradition not “kosher” (if i may borrow from the jewish language)

    I pray every day that my walk will be as He wills and that i will continue to feel delighted with tasting from His table.