Summary: Seating down at the Banquet event with God as the Host. His Angels are our waiters and waitresses, We have the Appetizers, the soup, the salad, the transitional (wine), the intermezzo (sorbert), the main course, and the desert. So we have to TASTE.
As I pondered this message today God clearly placed in my spirit these words Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to take him at his word, Just to rest upon his promise, Just to know, Thus saith the Lord. Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him! How I’ve proved him o’er and o’er! Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust Him more! As I listen to this song the desire within me became as an appetite to TASTE not just the savory food at the table and not just the flavorful sweetness of the dessert. What comes to mind is the desire and longing to be in the presence of Jesus. For it is in that presences we truly begin to TASTE and SEE that the LORD is GOOD.
Now the book of Psalms is the Book of Prayers and Praise unto our LORD it is in this book that is considered the ancient Hymnal for when we go to the book of Psalms we can find every kind of prayer imaginable and also exuberant praises cries for help, spontaneous songs of thanksgiving and carefully constructed statements of the DIVINE truth, many expressions of trust, pleas for justice but there is also national laments and individual confessions. Yet no matter what it is true that this book in the bible can soothe the very state of your soul whether it is sorrow, doubt, joy, anger, gratitude, guilt or wonder the writers of the book of Psalms expressed the teaches unto your heart with honestly authentically and thoroughly. Therefore the key in today’s message is such this O’ TASTE which is a SEVEN COURSE PLAN.
As I walk deeper in this word for you today it is important that I first break down a seven course meal. Now at a formal dinner engagement there are seven courses for the evening’s event that have to be prepared. The first that is serviced to the guest is the Appetizers Course which can be considered your finger foods, the second is the Soup Course, third is the Salad Course, Forth is called the Transitional Course, Fifth is the Intermezzo Course which clears your palate and prepares you for the Sixth which is the Main Course where your vegetables, and meats are served and finally Seventh is the Sweetest Course the Dessert. Therefore in this particular scripture the key is to O TASTE! For in the word Taste is a colorful seven course process with our Lord.
1. Taste of Truth
a. Bestow Honor
2. Taste of Assurance
a. Declare Allegiance
3. Taste of Salvation and Sanctification
a. To Signal God’s Presence
b. To be a Touch Point of Faith
4. Taste of Trustworthiness
a. To direct Warfare an Praise
5. Taste of Everlasting
a. To Herald an Event
b. To Boast in Victory
Let us think about this point when a baby first learns to eat solid foods things that do not have a pleasant taste they tend to spit it out the food and when you give them something sweet they reach for more. Now each of these words will make up the symbolization of how we long to TASTE the sweetness of our Lord. For in Proverbs 24:13 My son, eat thou honey, for it is good; And the droppings of the honeycomb, which are sweet to thy taste.
Bestow Honor upon us O Lord for it is in the Appetizer course of the meal where we begin the first stage of the meal. Therefore in this particular course of the meal we will address the importance of Tasting the Truth of God in our lives. For in Psalms 119:103 How sweet are they words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! The objective in this course of the meal is a hors d'oeuvre, appetizer, or starter is a small dish served before a meal. Some hors d'oeuvres are served cold, others hot. It is at this point when we socialize with each other walking around the room greeting each other showing humanity and revealing the grace of God. Now as we dive into the word itself TRUTH we must understand that in this is the sweet nectar of the honeycomb for in Proverbs 24:13-14 My Child, eat honey for it is Good, and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste, in the same way wisdom is sweet to your soul. In truth it is both bitter and sweet yet today we are gaining the understanding of how the word of God displays the sweetness in the word. Just like the appetizers in the course of the meal Truth is never changing for in this course we learn that in our Taste we gain the Truth. Let me expound on just the word TRUTH for a moment. For it is in truth that we understand things are always timely for it applies to today and the future. Let us think about this when we look at history of the past and how things of today are similar yet different due to technology changes has anything really changed because it is connected with God’s changeless character. See in this point of the course in the meal over time appetizers are considered the social hour of the event yet the variety of the foods may change but the place in the course never changes. Therefore we have to understand that we are challenged by the word of God to be absorbed in the sweetness of the Word for in the word Truth has withstand the test of time generations to generation. Yet it still matches the teachings of Jesus for in Luke 9:35 A voice from the cloud said, This is my Son, my chosen one, Listen to him. One important note about Truth is that Jesus is the one who is TRUTH. Not just by his teachings, not just by his lifestyle but for the mere fact that is the SON OF GOD. See in TRUTH is provided many factors in life