It seemed for
every form I filled out or every item online I needed to log in, read and sign,
there was still a dozen more. This college application process was getting on
my last nerve. Quite understandably so, I was extremely frustrated when I
logged in to yet another website to fill out this last form and it says,
“Please note, this will take up to 30 minutes to finish. It must be done all in
one session.” Have these people lost their mind?!  I clicked on the next button and began the
process which turned out meant reading, reading and more reading on what to
expect, what it all means, what you are promising to do by signing…etc…  I yawned and then yawned some more, rubbed my
weary peepers and kept reading. (My eyes and computer screens do not get along
at all when it comes to reading a lot of words on them.) Finally, I got to the
end to sign and low and behold… yep.  I
had to read it all over again before signing. I skimmed the last part and
signed. I couldn’t take anymore. (Besides, I read and understood the first time
thank you very much!)
I wonder if that
is what we do with God’s Word? Especially those of us who have been Christians
practically our whole lives. We read it, we understood it, why do we need to
read it … again?  So we take a small
nibble here, a bite there, skim a little here, and browse our way through this
chapter, then we glance at that one, and oh hey! Look! We skip to another verse
but we’ve read it a zillion times. Yawn and double yawn.
You know, God’s
Word in Psalm
34:8, “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good”
doesn’t exactly mean
to nibble. Take a bite and really let it sit on your tongue and enjoy the
flavor! Like that piece of steak my husband grilled so perfectly last night. Oh
my word!!!! I didn’t even want to swallow it the spices and the tenderness just
melted in my mouth! Taste and see..It means to experience the Word of God. Get
to know it. Peruse it. Savor it. puts it this way, “Verse
. O taste and see. Make a trial, an inward, experimental trial of the
goodness of God. You cannot see except by tasting for yourself; but if you
taste you shall see, for this, like Jonathan’s honey, enlightens the eyes. That
the Lord is good. You can only know this really and personally by experience.
There is the banquet with its oxen and fatlings; its fat things full of marrow,
and wine on the lees well refined; but
their sweetness will be all unknown to you except you make the blessings of
grace your own, by a living, inward, vital participation in them
. Blessed
is the man that trusteth in him. Faith is the soul’s taste; they who test the
Lord by their confidence always find him good, and they become themselves
blessed. The second clause of the verse, is the argument in support of the
exhortation contained in the first sentence. “ 
So the next time
you open your Bible to read it, take it one bite at a time and chew slowly
before swallowing. You’ll not only get more out of it, but it will refresh your
spirit and fill you with the goodness you’ve been longing for.  
Peter 2:2-3, “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual
milk, so that by it you may grow up in your
salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
Dear Lord, may we learn how important it is to sit at Your feet and learn from You. May we learn how sweet Your Words are to our souls and how good You are to us. Help us Lord to savor each Scripture so that the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts will be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, our Strength and our Redeemer. 

© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges 2013

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