The question is how do we taste and see the goodness of God? It is why I chose this lovely lady with an eye in a shadow and red lips to give us a visual of what it is to taste and see the goodness of God from Psalm 34:8. Here is another verse we can use from the Psalms.
Open wide your mouth and I will fill it with good things Psalm 81:10.
While the Israelites complained about food in the wilderness and doubted He could make a feast, He was giving them manna and He wanted to feed them and take them to a land of milk and honey but He wanted to fill their mouth with good things. Prayer and praise, worship for Him, getting past that doubt and unbelief, they even talked of the food they had in bondage. Would anyone go back to being a slave just to eat rather than praise Him?
The quick answer is yes. The Prodigal Son is a good example, he didn’t go home being sorry, just hungry and remembered the slaves in his father’s house had bread. Now, obviously this was a more generous man, slave owners were not necessarily as kind, though Jews had laws about that. Joseph prospered as a slave. Joseph moved on to the highest rank beside Pharoah, he did not bow down and kept good things in his mouth.
But then came captivity, and then when the delivered came, there was the wandering Jews, wondering about food and forgetting what God had done. And that He could do it again. We have all had our days of wondering and wandering. And the Prodigal is a picture of all who return to the Father, his father never gave him a chance to be a slave and neither will God. He wants sons and daughters serving out of love.
We taste His love, by hearing the story of Jesus and by believing in Him as the Son of God, crucified and risen to atone for our sins. Our confession of salvation is made with our mouths. Romans 10:9, 10. He has filled it with a good thing, and if we accept the gift of the baptism of the Spirit, He does it again. Everyone has a measure of the Spirit at salvation, but there is a subsequent baptism by fire. remember, John baptized with water and Jesus with fire. I always tell people to study first, 1 Corinthians, 12,13,14, for that gift.
Tongues filled the mouths of Jews in Acts and they had to see them as tongues of fire because they were so observant of food laws. While we can renounce sin and all false teaching and receive, there are other verses that will show how he fills our mouths. And Jesus told us not to take thought of what we will eat or drink, He wants to provide for us, we are His, He will decide our path.
While most of us never will know hunger there are so many that do, and I encourage everyone to help in anyway they can, He will fill our mouth with good things as we praise.
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with a shout of joy. Job 8:21
You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. Psalm 4:7
Fill us each morning with your constant love, so that we may sing and be glad all our life. Psalm 90:14
For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalm 107:9
Blessed are those hungering and thirsting for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6
Yet He did not leave Himself without witness, for He did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness. Acts 14:17
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:19
His Spirit fills us with power, love, and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7
So, in effect we taste His love and grace, His goodness and we see it evidenced by our praise and in our daily lives as we dwell safely in Him. Can you picture a harvest coming up? It is apple picking time. We have sown in love and well reap what we sow, His banqueting table is ever before us.
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