Taste and See That the Lord is Good: IGNITE|18

by Jake Brothers | Feb 2, 2018 | Articles

What does it look like, feel like, sound like, taste like, smell like to bless the LORD at all times? How do we continually speak His praise? Is that really possible?

I want you to think about the best dessert you have ever tasted or the best musical performance you’ve ever heard. Think about the most amazing sunset you’ve ever seen or the cleanest air you’ve ever breathed. Our memories of these moments are tied to our senses: what we felt, what we saw, what we smelled, what we heard, what we tasted.

I still remember the first touch of my oldest daughter. I remember seeing the sunset over an ocean, from the perch of a lush Italian hillside. I remember the taste of my grandma’s strawberry rhubarb pie with homemade whip cream on top. I remember breathing in the aroma of the Sequoia forest— a smell so pure, so clean, so fresh. I remember hearing the sounds of Soldier Field as U2 played “Where the Streets Have No Name,” and with tears running down my face thinking of all the memories of pain and loss and how one day I will run free of it all where the streets have no name.

These memories are forever etched in my mind and heart. Every time I taste strawberry rhubarb pie, I think of my grandma and how her pie was so much better than the one I’m eating. When I see a spectacular sunset, I often remember the babymoon trip my wife and I took to Italy and how precious that time with her was. Whenever I hear that song from that legendary band I think of loved ones who have gone before me and I yearn for the day I will be with them again.  Whenever I hold and touch a newborn baby, I think of what it felt like to hold my baby girl for the first time.  Through all these experiences I’ve resolved to believe that there is, no doubt, a God who created all living things, a God who blessed me with experiences like these. I can’t help but thank Him and praise Him for allowing me the pleasure of experiencing His goodness.

What is it about these experiences of the senses that points us to praise? It is that they help us truly taste and see the goodness of our great God. They show us how He has saved us, how He has been our refuge in the storm, how He answers when we call, how He encamps around us, how He teaches us to properly fear and honor Him. Friends, because of what we know our proper response should be “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth!” We have tasted and seen the goodness of our God and because of that, we will never be the same.  Because of Him, we live our lives with passion, we can’t help but tell others about what we have tasted and seen!

At IGNITE 2018, we will come together and taste and see that the LORD is good. We will come with mouths ready to sing His praise and ears ready to hear His praise being multiplied. We’ll come with eyes ready to see the artwork of His image bearers, with hands open to the hands of others. Our lips will be ready to taste the food He has created from the hands that have prepared it. May it all of it be a sweet-smelling aroma to our God.

Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together!                               Psalm 34:3