Scripture Reading: Numbers 2:10-3:51 / Luke 1:39-56 / Psalm 34:1-10
All of us have favorite foods and on the top of my list is…chocolate! Chocolate always makes things taste better like ice cream, milk, peanuts and candy. Some foods I don’t care for are Brussels sprouts and coconut. My food preferences and yours are determined because of a powerful factor called “taste”.
The process of taste relies on the smell sensors in our nose and taste sensors in the palette of our mouths. They are important but the most important detectors are the taste buds on our tongues. The small bumps on our tongues are called Papillae. Inside these bumps are taste buds. The average person has 10,000 taste buds and all of them are replaced every 10 to 14 days.
As the food dissolves in our saliva, (10,000 gallons in our lifetime!) it helps to cleanse, rinse and swallow our food. Our taste buds detect flavor and sends the taste signal to our brain. We keep many tastes in our memory and from that develop eating patterns. Our taste buds also help us identify spoiled food because they tell us when food doesn’t “taste” right.
We were born with the ability to identify sweet, salty, sour and bitter. As infants, we carried on a love relationship with sweetness. We were attracted to sugar and sugars were needed for energy and growth. We were quick to abandon a glob of strained peas for a spoonful of applesauce! God also placed within us a dislike for bitterness, a protective measure against ingesting poison. As we grew, we learned to recognize sour and salty flavors.
David had all of the delicacies and fine foods a king would ever desire. He identifies one of his favorites, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:8) David acquired a taste that he always longed for and could never be satisfied. His greatest joy was to fellowship with God in the temple and his greatest desire was to live in God’s presence continually...to dwell in the House of the Lord forever!
We live in a culture that has spiritually damaged taste buds. They have dismissed The Lord on a basis not of taste but by observation and perception. Like Eve, they look to a world of sin and believe it is sweet and good. Sin is deceptively sweet but leaves behind heartburn, ache, turmoil, regret and destruction.
Taste is not determined by another person’s experience. Taste is only discovered through personal experience. The taste David speaks of is not a casual sampling but an extended period of tasting. When we taste of The Lord we will discover His love is never dry or hard. His grace is always fresh and fulfilling. The Lord is the best selection on the menu of life…He satisfies us with fulfilling and everlasting life!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!