Babies, burning leaves and ribeye steak

The birth of a child. A juicy rib-eye steak. The smell of burning leaves. The beauty of the Smoky Mountains. A ride on the Raging Bull at Great America. The refreshment of jumping into a cool pool on a scorching hot summer day.

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What do all of these things have in common? You have to experience each of them yourself to really have a clue. Reading about each of them won’t do the trick. A friend telling you about them won’t cut it.

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

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In his commentary on this Psalm, Charles Spurgeon, the famous British preacher of the 19th century, wrote: “Our senses help our understandings; we cannot by the most rational discourse perceive what the sweetness of honey is; taste it and you shall perceive it.”

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We are meant to experience God with our senses – to really encounter him and interact with him – not to simply have a certain amount of “head knowledge” about him – or knowing a list of facts about him. If we do indeed “taste” Him we will discover that he is truly “good” – in every sense of the word!

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The classic spiritual disciplines allow us various ways of tasting him. Ways that He uses to engage us: Scripture, prayer, fasting, mediation, worship, fellowship, solitude, silence, journaling, service, etc.

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Have you tasted Him lately???

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The awesome thing is that whatever we apprehend of him here in this lifetime is but a “taste” – the full feasting experience will be our face to face fellowship with Him in heaven!

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In the meantime – get tasting!

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Peace,
?Dave

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