Book Review: O Taste and See
O Taste and
See, Mediations from the Psalms
by Gerrit Vos
Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church Men's Society, Hudsonville,
Hardback, iii + 287pp
£8.00 + £.80 (P&P).
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In this heart-warming book, Gerrit Vos (1894-1968)
expounds about 30 Psalms with eloquent charm. One warms to the author: his
humility, his deep sense of sin, his childlike faith are all evident as he
writes. Indeed, the style is so homely that you could almost imagine Vos
sitting opposite you chatting about the things of God.
Every chapter is filled with Christ. Christ is the
theme of the Psalms and Vos knows it! Therefore in every chapter God's
amazing grace in the cross of Christ is magnified.
With a deep sense of sin, Vos appreciated grace. Only
those who see themselves as wicked are awestruck by grace. Does Vos think
after almost 70 years that he has outgrown the cross? Not at all! Every
honest child of God must identify with Vos' confession: "You begin in
the morning with the best of intentions. 'I am going to walk in harmony
with my God and His law.' But when evening is come, you look upon the
completed day, and you weep."
There is not only weeping (over sin), the joy of
salvation, but also warnings against sin, and pointed instruction in the
faith. This is a devotional (not doctrinal) work, but there is no mere
sentimentalism and easy believism. Vos warns the reader, for
example, against falling into presumptuous sin, and fellowship with the
Two chapters I found memorable are
'Visited by Majesty on High' which was written just after a
devastating tornado hit the village where Vos ministered. "Our village
received a very special visit by the Lord Christ ... God came to us, and
He roared ... His footsteps were seen ... He left desolation, death, pain
and misery, but also awe, the awe of the childlike fear of Jehovah,"
writes Vos, who has a pastor's heart, and above all, a desire to exalt God
in all things. The other is 'Judah, praise of Jehovah' in which the name
Judas (Judah) is explained, and Judas Iscariot is compared with God's
Judas, the Lord Christ.
There is much comfort here for the trembling child of
God. Believers of all ages would benefit from this book. It would be ideal
for the Christian in hospital or the afflicted saint. Indeed, even those
(like me) who don't normally choose devotional books may be surprised to
find that they enjoy it as well.