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Summary: This is the third in a 5 part series designed to help us look at our realtionship to God through the perspective of the five senses. The purpose of this message is to encourage believers in our great God and bring them to rejoice in all our Soveriegn Lord

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MAKING SENSE OF OUR RELATIONSHIP TO GOD – TASTE

Psalm 34:8

INTRODUCTION:

A. So far in this series on “Making Sense of Our Relationship to God” we have looked at two of the five sense: Hearing and Seeing

1. This morning we are going to be looking at our sense of taste

2. Our tongue is a very intricate piece of our body

3. As I studied it, I was amazed at how much there really is to it, but I just want give you a couple of interesting facts.

a. The average person has 10,000 taste buds that are replaced every two weeks – a marvel in itself.

b. You have four types of taste buds, scattered about your tongue but they have areas of major concentration

1) Sweet – mostly in the tip, or front of your tongue

2) Sour – mostly on the middle side of your tongue

3) Salty – mostly on the front side and back side of your tongue

4) Bitter – mostly on the back of your tongue

c. It is the sense of taste that allows us to really enjoy our food – it sort of gives us a personal attachment to it.

4. We are weary to try new foods sometimes because we don’t know what it tastes like – its very personal.

5. It is this attachment that probably brought about the statement, “What is your personal taste in_____ (cars).

6. It is this idea of taking something and making it personal that the message on the sense of taste is based on

B. Psalm 34:8 states O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

1. You see that which we hear, see, and touch is always external

2. But that which we taste is internal – it must always be brought within the mouth and eaten for us to taste.

3. It must become a part of us!

C. You need to stay with me this morning for the whole message is strictly good news

1. When it comes to taste no one likes something that tastes bad

2. I like chocolate: chocolate covered raisins, cashews, marshmallows and a lot more.

3. Not long ago I went into Chris’ office and he had a bowl of chocolate covered’s on his desk so I reached in and got the biggest one I could find

a. I popped that big old thing in my mouth and figured I’d savor it for awhile.

b. But I got impatient and chomped down, and about got sick – a chocolate covered coffee bean – yuck!

4. So I promise you there is nothing to say yuck about in this message, O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psa 34:8

D. This morning let us see how we can taste and see that the Lord is good in 1. Salvation

2. Life, and

3. Eternity

E. This morning may you truly taste the things of the Lord and find Him to be satisfying! As the psalmist proclaimed O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

PRAY

I want to begin this morning by challenging you to

I. TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD IN SALVATION: BLESSED IS THE MAN THAT TRUSTETH IN HIM

A. He is Good in What He Removes

1. God removes our sin & condemnation – Praise God!

a. In 2 Cor. 5:21 Paul writes, For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

b. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Rom 8:1

- Praise God – (gospel)

2. God removes our penalty for sin - death

a. Rom 6:23 states For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

b. So we can rejoice in the saying, O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?...thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 15:55 & 57

3. God removes our destination of Hell

a. It was John who proclaimed Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power,… Rev. 20:6

b. And it was the psalmist who sang: The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow. [4] Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. [5] Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful. [6] The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me. Psa 116:3-6

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