Psalm 34:8 (KJV)
“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him”
Faith is a substance – God’s tangible opinion of the reality of your co-resurrection in Christ – to be drunk down and enjoyed (see Song of Solomon 5:1)! It isn’t a stoic intellectual ascent; rather, it is a moment-by-moment experience of being loved by God, as His holy excitement, his exotic, enjoyable emotions, flow through us, filling our heart and enlightening our imagination so we effortlessly enjoy and recline into the reality of realities: the Gospel of wonder! In Christ, through your co-resurrection with Him, you have been immersed into the glory realm and share in everything – and I mean absolutely everything – that the doting, bliss-filled Trinity are and have (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). Of course, it is good for us to remember that experience of the Gospel, of the emotions of God, is not the pathway to intimacy and union with Jesus. Rather, your experience of the Gospel is secured through Jesus: it is the effortless result of the intimacy that we share through being grafted into the Godhead, cut from the same cloth as them, through Christ’s finished work. We are encompassed by favor, seated in the beloved! (see Psalm 5:12; Ephesians 2:6). Scripture clearly reveals to us that it is the works of Christ, and not our own works, which ushers us into the experience of the Gospel. Therefore, it is the Holy Spirit’s job to manage and manifest our emotional climate (see Galatians 5:22).Our responsibility is to simply recline into the good news and enjoy wave upon wave of God’s affectionate, cosy, warm love, being soaked by His perspective of the ‘in Christ’ reality (see John 1:16).
We are to sink into the expectancy and all of the emotions of Christ’s faith on our behalf, letting God do the ‘serious’, ‘responsible’ work (solving any circumstantial, personal, and relational issues), as we drink up the imaginative, positive-limitless implications of our union with the Godhead. You could never out-imagine God’s goodness. He is so wildly glorious that even our best attempts to over-exaggerate His goodness and joy do not scratch the surface! He is the source of all creativity and wonder, the great, epic fantasy adventure of the soul. This is why we can rest assured that through Christ, the fruits of our lives will be emotional wholeness and joy! Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (see Galatians 5:22). This is why Psalm 34:8 describes to us that we taste and see (experiencing and knowing in every facet of our existence, including our emotions) that God is truly good through simply trusting Him! Song of Solomon 8:9 (NASV) also writes this same truth: “And your mouth like the best wine! It goes down smoothly for my beloved, flowing gently through the lips of those who fall asleep” – This verse may sound confusing, but it highlights that as we ‘fall asleep’ to our own efforts, allowing ourselves to be loved on, adored, provided for, and encouraged by the Gospel message – becoming recipients of God’s sweet perspective, His good news and love – we discover ourselves ‘tasting’ delicious experiences of God’s love! (see Song of Solomon 1:2).
The delights of Christ, the wine of God’s wisdom, transforms everything about our world, intoxicating us with positive, delight-filled emotions. As we allow our imagination to take a tour of the realities of faith, we discover ourselves filled with a tangible sense of God’s blessings, love, and affectionate, intimate delights. Song of Solomon 6:11-12 (MSG) describes this as such: “I went down to the nut orchard to look at the blossoms of the valley, to see whether the vines had budded, whether the pomegranates were in bloom. Before I was aware, my desire set me among the chariots of my kinsman, a prince” – The delight-infused reality of faith carries you into various emotional experiences, enabling you to perceive in many ways the realities of your inheritance in Christ. The details of the Gospel truly set you free in the area of your emotions, so that the dynamics of faith express themselves not only through your mind and material world, but also become tangible in your physical body. This is why disciples in Acts 22:17 and 10:10 ‘fell’ into a trance (ESV). This speaks of an emotional experience of the Good News! You were created to experience Jesus – to taste and see that your inheritance and reality in the Godhead is good!