"Tasting has great power. To taste is to remember. To remember is not just to recall events, but to remember is to enter into...to re-participate in our stories. Thats taste. Music has the same kind of power as taste. Music captures our senses. Singing a familiar song helps us to remember..to remember is not just to recall events. To remember is to enter into. To re-participate in our stories.
Now, while tasting and singing both have the power to help us to remember, tasting and singing also help us to anticipate, to hope...to look forward to, to long for...The Bible suggests that humans are built with these longings and we are homesick...we are longing for paradise again on the Earth. For three weeks we have investigated this world created good by a good Creator that has fallen under a curse by the sin of man...this curse that the Earth is under is thick and weighty...The ""radio static"" from the curse is often so loud such that people give up on longing, or we become numb to hope, we give in completely to the static, we forget we are part of God’s story of redemption or we reject it...or perhaps we cant quite put our finger on why...but we are longing for something grander in our lives...
And so in our gathered, corporate worship, which is also suffused with static, we are tasting and singing because it helps us to remember God’s story of grace. That God is acting in the world, he has a plan, a vision for the world...So we taste and we sing in worship because we are hoping, anticipating, whetting our appetites with morsels of truth and melodies of grace that point us forward to a wedding feast when he will lift the curse, make all things right and God will dwell with man and reign on Earth forever and his people will taste and sing of his glory and there will be no more static!
24:1 Then he said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from afar. 2 Moses alone shall come near to the Lord, but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him.”
3 Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the rules. And all the people answered with one voice and said, “All the words that the Lord has spoken we will do.” 4 And Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. He rose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. 5 And he sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the Lord. 6 And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar. 7 Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” 8 And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”
9 Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, 10 and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. 11 And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank. (ESV)