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Psa. 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

What does an avocado taste like? There is really no good answer to that question. Of course an avocado tastes like an avocado, it is unique. The only way to know for sure is to taste an avocado for yourself. That is the way it is with spiritual things. Someone can explain in great detail their understanding of God and His word or even tell the stories of their own God encounters but until you taste the goodness of God for yourself what you hear from others is just an idea about God. That is one of the things that troubles me about the current status of Christianity. How many supposed Christians have an idea about spiritual things and have not tasted spiritual reality for themselves? Only when we have a personal spiritual revelation can we be truly born again. This was the heart of the message of the Great Awakening and the preaching of Jonathan Edwards. Here is a thought from his sermon ‘A Divine and Supernatural Light’.

“Thus there is a difference between having an opinion that God is holy and gracious, and having a sense of the loveliness and beauty of that holiness and grace. There is a difference between having a rational judgment that honey is sweet, and having a sense of its sweetness. A man may have the former, that knows not how honey tastes; but a man can’t have the latter, unless he has an idea of the taste of honey in his mind. So there is a difference between believing that a person is beautiful, and having a sense of his beauty. The former may be obtained by hearsay, but the latter only by seeing the countenance….”
David had tasted of the Lord as a young man and this taste sustained him throughout his life. He had heard about the Lord from his father all his life but the moment the Holy Spirit fell on him, David knew the Lord for Himself. He had tasted God’s goodness, the Lord was filling him with His sweetness. Have you been awakened by God? It is more than reciting a prayer, you have to taste and see for yourself. When you taste His goodness your whole being will be flooded with light; go ahead and taste and see that the Lord is good.

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