Morning, August 25, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“His fruit was sweet to my taste.” — Song of Solomon 2:3
Faith, in the Scripture, is spoken of as the symbol of all the senses. It is sight: “Look to me and be saved.” It is hearing: “Hear, and your soul shall live.” Faith is smelling: “All your garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia”; “Your name is as ointment poured forth.” Faith is spiritual touch. By this faith the woman came from behind and touched the hem of Christ’s garment, and by faith we handle the things of the good word of life. Faith is equally the spirit’s taste. “How sweet are your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my lips.” “Except a man eat my flesh,” says Christ, “and drink my blood, there is no life in him.”
This “taste” is faith in one of its highest operations. One of the first implementations of faith is hearing. We hear the voice of God, not with the outward ear alone, but with the inward ear; we hear it as God’s Word, and we believe it to be so; that is the “hearing” of faith. Then our mind looks upon the truth as it is presented to us; that is to say, we understand it, we perceive its meaning; that is the “seeing” of faith. Next, we discover its great value; we begin to admire it, and find how fragrant it is; that is faith in its “smell.” Then we seize the mercies which are prepared for us in Christ; that is faith in its “touch.” Then we follow the enjoyment, peace, delight, communion; which are faith in its “taste.” Any one of these acts of faith is saving. To hear Christ’s voice as the sure voice of God in the soul will save us; but that which gives true enjoyment is the aspect of faith wherein Christ, by holy taste, is received into us, and made, by inward and spiritual understanding of his delightfulness and preciousness, to be the food of our souls. It is then we sit “under his shadow with great delight,” and find his fruit sweet to our taste.