Recently as I was thinking about how I could eat less and get my weight back under control, these words came to mind.
“Savor the flavor.”
I realized that often lately when I ate, I gulped food down quickly, not taking the time to enjoy the taste of it. This was one of the reasons I tended to eat too much and yet found minimal enjoyment or satisfaction from food.
I’ll admit I have a problem with emotional eating. People like me who turn to food searching for some kind of emotional fulfillment or comfort are looking to feel better from eating, but forget to taste the foods we consume. Too often we will even continue to eat something that doesn’t taste good.
As I’ve been savoring the flavor of food lately, I’ve lost five pounds. I eat less because I enjoy what I’m eating. Aren’t peaches amazing? I still eat sweet treats, but much less of them. Also, I’m looking to the Lord to deal with my emotional turmoil.
Yesterday I decided I needed to apply “savor the flavor” to my spiritual life. Often I consume large portions of Scripture and spend time with God in prayer, but I fail to consistently savor my experiences with the Lord.
I take Bible verses for granted instead of celebrating this fact, “Wow; that promise applies to me!”
Today I looked up “savor” in the dictionary. This is what I read: “taste (good food or drink) and enjoy it completely” and “enjoy or appreciate (something pleasant) completely, especially by dwelling on it.”
I long to dwell on a consistent basis more deeply and fully on the Lord rather than having quick or distracted times of prayer and fleeting words of worship—going through the motions of devotions.
The verse that came to mind as I thought about this is Psalm 34:8: “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” (NIV)
Am I really tasting the Lord in my present walk with Him? What does that even mean?
In the Bible Hub commentary I read this:
“in calling us to taste and see this, the psalmist means that we should seriously, thoroughly, and affectionately consider it, and make trial of it by our own experience; which is opposed to those slight and vanishing thoughts that men usually have of the divine goodness. It is not sufficient that we find him to be a bountiful benefactor to us, but we must relish and take delight in his goodness manifested in and by his gifts, and in the contemplation of his infinite perfections and boundless love; and must be so convinced and persuaded of his goodness, as thereby to be encouraged, in the worst of times, to trust in him, and cast our care upon him.”
The conclusion I have come to is that if I’m doubting His goodness or wondering if He really cares about me, I’m not “tasting” Him, which I see as being in deep union with Him. The Word and delving deeply into it is key to becoming or returning to being more vitally connected to Him.
Jeremiah 15:16 one of my favorite verses about this pursuit. “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart…”
As I let go of doubt and allow God’s Word to penetrate the deepest layers of my soul, His promise is that I will have joy and delight.
I’m going to savor that thought for a while.
Here’s a song to enter into fully and savor:
“O Taste and See” by Brian and Jenn Johnson