SWEET TO MY TASTE
Song 2:3 ¶ As an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my beloved among the young men. With great delight I sat in his shadow, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
Revival changed everything for me. For years I had a limited experience of a personal relationship with God. I had been saved, that wasn’t the issue, I had just not gone very far in experiential Christianity. Because of my limited experience, some of the passages in the Bible seemed foreign to me. Passages such as “taste and see that The Lord is good”, “beholding the beauty of The Lord”, “your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia” were really off of the grid for me. I had not had my spiritual senses awakening to that degree. It wasn’t until I began to experience a new level of His presence and outpouring did I began to have an awakening of this part of my life. Charles Spurgeon spoke about these spiritual senses often in his church in London in the 1800’s. Here are some of his thoughts.
“This taste is faith in one of its highest operations. One of the first performances of faith is hearing. We hear the voice of God, not with the outward ear alone, but with the inward ear; we hear it as God’s Word, and we believe it to be so; that is the hearing of faith. Then our mind looketh upon the truth as it is presented to us; that is to say, we understand it, we perceive its meaning; that is the seeing of faith. Next we discover its preciousness; we begin to admire it, and find how fragrant it is; that is faith in its smell. Then we appropriate the mercies which are prepared for us in Christ; that is faith in its touch. Hence follow the enjoyments, peace, delight, communion; which are faith in its taste. Any one of these acts of faith is saving. To hear Christ’s voice as the sure voice of God in the soul will save us; but that which gives true enjoyment is the aspect of faith wherein Christ, by holy taste, is received into us, and made, by inward and spiritual apprehension of his sweetness and preciousness, to be the food of our souls. It is then we sit under his shadow with great delight, and find his fruit sweet to our taste.”
After this spiritual encounter I began to have a brand new awareness of God. My ears began to be opened to his silent voice, my eyes began to see His invisible glory, I even began to smell the sweet aroma of His presence. To the natural man, these words sound like the words of a fool. For those whose sense have been awakened, there are no sweeter words. His name is like oil poured forth, His touch is soothing to our soul, let Him kiss us with the kisses of His mouth.