Knowing God

Sunday, June 16, 2019

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:8 NIV)

The Bible assumes as a self-evident fact that men can know God with at least the same degree of immediacy as they know any other person or thing that comes within the field of their experience.  The same terms are used to express the knowledge of God as are used to express knowledge of physical things.  “O taste and see that the Lord is good.”  “All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces.”  “My sheep hear my voice.”  “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”  These are but four of countless such passages from the Word of God.  And more important than any proof text is the fact that the whole import of the Scripture is toward this belief.

What can all this mean except that we have in our hearts organs by means of which we can know God as certainly as we know material things through our familiar five senses?  We apprehend the physical world by exercising the faculties given us for the purpose, and we possess spiritual faculties by means of which we can know God and the spiritual world if we will obey the Spirit’s urge and begin to use them.

That a saving work must first be done in the heart is taken for granted here.  The spiritual faculties of the unregenerate man lie asleep in his nature, unused and for every purpose dead; that is the stroke which has fallen upon us by sin.  They may be quickened to active life again by the operation of the Holy Spirit in regeneration; that is one of the immeasurable benefits which come to us through Christ’s atoning work on the cross.

But the very ransomed children of God themselves:  why do they know so little of that habitual conscious communion with God which the Scriptures seem to offer?  The answer is our chronic unbelief.  Faith enables our spiritual sense to function.  Where faith is defective the result will be inward insensibility and numbness toward spiritual things.  This is the condition of vast numbers of Christians today.  No proof is necessary to support that statement.  We have but to converse with the first Christian we meet or enter the first church we find open to acquire all the proof we need.

A spiritual kingdom lies all about us, enclosing us, embracing us, altogether within reach of our inner selves, waiting for us to recognize it.  God Himself is here waiting our response to His Presence.  This eternal world will come alive to us the moment we begin to reckon upon its reality.

-A.W. Tozer (excerpted from The Pursuit of God)

Read Psalm 34:1-10.  

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