What do you like to eat? What are your favorite foods? Our sense of taste is centered in the tongue with a lot of help from the nose. We have approximately 9000 taste buds in our mouth. This is compared to a chicken which has only 24. Your cat has about 473, but a pig, on the other hand, has 15,000; and a cow, 25,000! I wonder what things taste like to them?
Actually all flavors are a mixture of four basic taste sensations--sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. We taste sweet things with the tip of our tongues. Saltiness is tasted on the front sides of the tongue, sour things on the sides in the middle and bitter things in the central back. Our tongues are very sensitive. The tongue and the tip of the index finger are the two most sensitive areas of our bodies.
Taste adds to the enjoyment of eating. Imagine living in a world where everything tastes the same--no flavor of ice cream or chocolate or pizza or brussel sprouts! Taste is also vital to our survival. It helps us know what is good to eat and warns us of what is not good.
O taste and see that the LORD is
blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
The psalmist suggests that we taste God! How can we taste God? Actually tasting takes place in our head as the brain interprets what the tongue reports. God encourages us to taste or perceive or get to know Him with our understanding. How can we get to know and understand God? It is through His revelation of Himself, through His Word.
How sweet are thy words unto my
yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
We come to experience God through His Word, the Bible--by reading it, by believing it, by obeying it. God's Word is pleasant and sweet to the believing heart. It brings life and comfort and joy to the soul and spirit.
D. L. Moody, a famous preacher of the past, wrote these words on the flyleaf of his Bible:
This Book is the Word of God, containing the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. Christ is its grand object, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. It is given you in life, will be opened in the judgment, and be remembered forever.
. . . desire the sincere (pure)
milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
1 Peter 2:2-3
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