Somethings Can Only Be Understood Through Experience

There are some things, especially in the depths of the religious life, which can only be understood by being experienced, and which even then are incapable of being adequately embodied in words, “O taste and see that the Lord is good.”  The enjoyment must come before the illumination or rather the enjoyment is the illumination.  There are things that must be loved before we can know them to be worthy or our love.

– Thomas Binney reflecting on Psalm 34:8

as quoted by Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; copyright 2004; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il.; p. 68