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THE SENSES OF THE SOUL

PSA 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

>>David's affection for God's Word is expressed as an incomparable delight to his spiritual appetite; "How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"

>>Our text is not a mere repetition of expression—David's reference to "my taste" speaks of his own feeding upon the Word—where his reference to "my mouth" implies speaking of it to others as in PRO 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

>>Words of wisdom which come from a pure heart are sweater than honey

SON 4:11 Thy lips, O my spouse, drop as the honeycomb: honey and milk are under thy tongue; and the smell of thy garments is like the smell of Lebanon.

>>The fear of the Lord is more profitable than fine gold, and sweeter than honey.

PSA 19:9-10 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

FIRST, Let's consider what spiritual taste is;

SECOND, Let's consider the use of spiritual taste;

THIRD, Let's consider what is requisite to being able to discern spiritual taste.

>>First, our soul as well as our bodies both know, and feel the distinction between what is pleasant and desirable, and what is harmful.

HEB 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

>>Who can claim spiritual life if he has no spiritual senses? All forms of life are accompanied with a sense of what is good or evil for that life—and the higher the form of life, the greater the sense.

>>Beasts feel more than a plant when they are wounded—because they have a nobler life; so also a man is nobler than a beast—

>>Spiritual life is far above the life of reason—therefore, the pain or pleasure of our spiritual life effects us more than that of any other life, because it pertains to eternal things.

>>The sense of pain that evil leaves upon the soul excels any other sense of harm.

PRO 18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

>>On the other side of this same principle, the spiritual joys experienced in the soul are beyond expression with the human tongue.

1PE 1:7-9 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

>>There are three internal spiritual senses spoken of in Scripture—seeing—tasting—and feeling.

JOH 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

PSA 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

>>The third sense is the sense of feeling, or touch—which relates to a feeling sense of the power of God's grace.

PHI 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

>>These spiritual senses differ from the external—a man may have an outward sense of things—when he has no spiritual sense of sight, taste, or feeling.

DEU 29:2 And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, Ye have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land;

>>In an outward sense they saw these wonders of God—now compare that with

DEU 29:4 Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.

>>So it is with the sense of taste—all creatures taste God's goodness with and outward sense.

PSA 145:9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

>>The wicked are not excluded from the blessings of the preservation of life, but they do not sense the Love of God in it.

MAT 5:44-45 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

>>Men may have an outward sense of feeling God's hand of providence upon them, yet not understand a spiritual feeling of God's displeasure upon sin.

JER 3:25 We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us: for we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God.

>>Our natural senses affirm that we are alive physically, our spiritual senses affirm our spiritual life.

GAL 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

>>The Lord does often use our outward senses to awaken the spiritual; as the Prodigal's husks reminded him of the bread in his father's house.

PRO 27:7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

SECOND, Let's consider the use of our spiritual sense of taste;—it is given us to discern between good and evil things which we might feed upon.

JOB 6:30 Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?

>>God has given all living creatures a sense of taste whereby they may discern between pleasant or bitter—sweet or sour—savory or unsavory—so they may chose that which is compatible to their taste

>>So it is also with our spiritual life—The new creature's sense of taste enables them to avoid things incompatible to their new life.

JOB 34:2-4 Hear my words, O ye wise men; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge.

3 For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.

4 Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what is good.

>>So also the spiritual ear can distinguish between men's witty inventions, and God's message founded upon His Word.

2PE 1:20-21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

>>The use of this spiritual sense of taste is also to refresh those who are weary of their load of sin.

SON 2:3 As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

>>When the love of God to sinners in Christ is not only heard but believed—and not only believed but tasted, it ravishes the soul with delight that noting in the world can compare with.

PSA 119:72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.

>>God's grace not only gives a new life, but a new appetite for a new kind of food.

1PE 2:1-4 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, all evil speakings,

2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,

THIRD, Let's consider what is requisite to being able to discern spiritual taste.

>>Nothing is tasted until it enters the mouth which points to the obedience of faith—

PRO 24:13-14 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:

14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.

>>The blessedness spoken of in our text, "How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth," will never be realized without the obedience of faith—

>>as the man who was born blind obeyed, the miracle was performed

JOH 9:10-11 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?

11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.

>>The spiritual palate which has an appetite for spiritual things is not of the flesh.

1CO 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

>>Until our taste buds are renewed by God's grace—we will loath those thing which are so sweat to those who have spiritual discernment.

PRO 27:7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

>>The tender chastenings of our God become sweet to a wounded conscience.

HEB 12:11-15 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

Oh how sweet the name of Jesus sounds in the ears of one who has a tender conscience. Our text says, "How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"

>>When our spiritual palate has tasted the sweetness of the gift of the Father for lost sinners—then His Words become "sweeter than honey to my mouth!" as we see from the woman of Samaria.

JOH 4:28-29 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,

29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

>>Now see the blessed effect which is produced when the sweetness of God's Word flows from our mouths unto our fellow man.

JOH 4:30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.

JOH 4:39-42 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.

40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.

41 And many more believed because of his own word;

42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

>>The great distinction between those who have only an outward sense of the truth, and those who have been renewed in the spirit of their mind is their spiritual palate.

1JO 3:19-22 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

>>Our text says, PSA 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

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