THE SWEETNESS OF GOD’S HOLY WORD
A spiritual TASTE is analogous to the natural taste. “If so be you have tasted that the Lord is gracious” (1 Pet. 2:3); “O taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm. 34:3); “How sweet are Thy Words to my taste,” yea, “sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.” (Psalm. 119:103; 19:10.) There is a tasting of the milk and honey of the gospel, and it is by tasting the SWEETNESS of this milk and honey that we know its preciousness.
What would even our natural food be if there were no taste? But how savory it becomes when taste comes in to share the feast as well as appetite for the food. Be hungry for the bread of life; be among those whom our Lord has pronounced blessed as hungering and thirsting after righteousness, then how sweet the bread; how precious the milk; how savory the meat spread on the Gospel table! Then we can respond to the Lord’s gracious invitation—”Eat, O friends; drink, yes, drink abundantly, O beloved.” (Song 5:1.)
Does not, then, a spiritual taste feed love both to the banquet, and to the Lord of the banquet? Be assured that the reason why the Word of God is often so tasteless, is because we have either no appetite or a depraved one.
Every nibble of grass or lock of hay which we can believe to be specially provided for us by the hand of that good Shepherd becomes thereby doubly sweet.
But O what pastures in GRACE has God provided for His hungry sheep! Look at the promises and declarations, the sacred truths and heavenly consolations scattered up and down the Scriptures of truth.
But of all spiritual pasture thus provided for the flock, the chief is the flesh and blood of the Lord Jesus. This is His own divine declaration–“For My flesh is meat indeed, and My blood is drink indeed” (John 6:55). And every communication of grace to the soul out of the fullness of Christ, every promise applied with a divine power to the heart, every truth which drops with heavenly savor, every season of encouragement; in a word, EVERY PART OF GOD’S WORD WHICH THE SOUL CAN EAT AND FEED UPON IS SPIRITUAL PASTURE!
Thus the prophet found it of old–“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by Thy name, O LORD God of hosts!” [Jer 15:16]