“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.” —Psalms 34:8
Christ has set a feast before us in the blessedness of the Holy Scriptures. Do we dine with Him, enjoying the banquet He has provided? Or do we spend every meal asking the Lord about every ingredient, asking Him about all the details for every recipe that went into making the dinner possible? Certainly, knowing the various ingredients and knowing the recipes that went into making such an amazing banquet will make us more grateful, more appreciative of that feast, but it will hardly make it taste any better. Its taste is its taste. It doesn’t change.
Sometimes, many of us are so busy analyzing the ingredients of God’s Word that we hardly take a moment or two just enjoying the voice of the Lord whereby He is speaking to us. We much too often forsake communing with Him in order to scrutinize every jot and tittle of what He is saying. Like Martha, we are running about with concerns in so many things, necessary things, important things, things that would be of service to the Lord, yet we forsake the delight of the Lord, forgetting that the thing most needful to us is sitting at the Master’s feet as did Mary, Martha’s sister.
When was the last time you just took the Word of God and read it because it was His Word? When was the last time you read the Scriptures as a love letter from Him to you and while you were reading it, were blessed by the soothing sound of His voice and comforted by the warmth of His presence?
Give yourself to academic pursuits of God’s Word, most certainly. Learn all you can of those incredible ingredients: grace, faith, hope, justification, imputation, sanctification, glorification, &etc; and yet, neither forget nor forsake nor neglect just being with Him through His Word. “O taste and see that the LORD is good!”
This devotional first appeared on Justification by Grace in January 2011.