Morning & Evening Devotional Reading–
August 25– Morning
by C. H. Spurgeon, revised and edited by W. C. Neff
“His fruit was sweet to my taste.”
—Song of Solomon 2:3
In the Scriptures faith is spoken of in terms of sense experience. For instance, it is sight, for the Scripture says, “Look unto me and be delivered.” It is hearing, for it says, “Hear, and your soul will live.” Faith is like smelling, for it says of Christ, “All of your garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia”; “your name is like a poured-out perfume.” Faith is spiritual touch because by this faith the woman came behind the Lord Jesus and touched the hem of his garment. Faith is also a spiritual tasting; “How sweet are your words to my taste, [O Lord].” And Christ himself tells us that, “Unless a man eats my flesh and drinks my blood, there is no life in him.”
There is a progression to the exercise of faith. At first we hear the voice of God with the inward ear, receiving it as his Word. Then we “see” it, as we understand its truth and perceive its meaning. Next we discover its preciousness, admiring how fragrant it is. We then lay hold of the mercies that are prepared for us in Christ as we embrace him. And then we know the delight of communing with him— tasting of him forever.
Any one of these acts of faith is saving, but the truest enjoyment comes to us the more we know him to be the food of our souls. Today, let’s sit under his shadow with great delight and find his fruit to be sweet to our taste. [M&E]