Psa. 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
How can you tell somebody what something tastes like. At the end of the day, you have to try it for yourselves. That is especially true with spiritual realities. As much as we try, describing spiritual experiences are pretty much impossible. It’s like trying to tell someone who was born blind what a beautiful sunrise is like or even describing the color blue. We find ourselves pretty much at a loss. This is the challenge of being a preacher, it is sort of like being an artist in a world filled with blind people. They can never appreciate your work until the day their eyes are opened and they can see for themselves. Jonathan Edwards often spoke of tasting the things of God. He said that tasting God’s word was like the taste of honey. Here are some thoughts about tasting spiritual reality from Jonathan Edwards.
“There are two kinds of knowledge of divine truth, viz. speculative and practical, or in other terms, natural and spiritual. The former remains only in the head. No other faculty but the understanding is concerned in it. It consists of having a natural or rational knowledge of the things of religion, or such a knowledge as is to be obtained by the natural exercise of our own faculties, without any special illumination of the Spirit of God. The latter rests not entirely in the head, or in the speculative ideas of things, but the heart is concerned in it: it principally consists in the sense of the heart. The mere intellect, without the will or the inclination, is not the seat of it. And it may not only be called seeing, but feeling or tasting. Thus there is a difference between having a right speculative notion of the doctrines contained in the Word of God, and having a due sense of them in the heart. In the former consists the speculative or natural knowledge; in the latter, consists the spiritual or practical knowledge of them.”
Yep, it is impossible to know the things of God until you taste them for yourself. Someone else can explain these things to us but there is not enough explaining in the universe without spiritual light. It is the breaking in of these rays of light and inspiration that give us the first sense of the reality of God. Before you know it you will also be tasting honey from the rock.