“Taste and See…”

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  “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8

What does it mean to “taste?”  The best-fitting dictionary definition says this: “to become acquainted with by experience” or “to have perception, experience, or enjoyment: partake.”  So how does that definition relate to Psalm 34:8 about tasting and seeing the goodness of God?

It shows me that in order to “see” that the God is good, you first have to experience Him.  Just as someone can extol to you the deliciousness of a piece of good quality chocolate all they want, you will never fully understand what they are talking about until you actually taste this chocolate for yourself.  It is then that the realization of the chocolate’s decadent flavor, its sweetness, its richness, and its melt in your mouth smoothness all comes together (Okay, I may be a little bit of a chocoholic but bear with me!)

The same issue happens with our understanding of God’s goodness in our lives.  We can never fully grasp it – no matter how much someone else might try to point it out to us – until we actually begin to become acquainted with God through the person of Jesus Christ.  It is then the truth of God’s character – His loving-kindness, his grace, his compassion, his mercy, his slowness to anger – all come to light and begin to roll around in our hearts and minds.

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14:6-7)  I understand this verse to say that in order to fully experience God, we first need spend a little time with Jesus.  Sounds simple, right?  

Yet, why is it still so hard for us to see God’s goodness in our lives at times?  I believe it is because often our time and energy is being poured out in the wrong direction:  trying to fill up our empty time with entertaining activities, trying to quiet our doubting minds with busy habits, trying to find meaning in our lives through “good deeds.”  Yet none of that effort is working out (or at least in my world it doesn’t!).

However, in Psalm 34:8, God woos us, pleads with us and entices us to come and try out Himself instead.  Can’t you hear Him now?  “Just one little taste, my Beloved.  Just one little taste.”  For He knows that once we do those other desires will begin to be fulfilled as well (and that we won’t be able to stop with just a one taste).  This is the paradox of the Christian faith and is so counter-intuitive to our human nature and the culture around us.

So my encouragement to you right now is this: Come and “taste” of God today.  And then, as you take refuge in Him through the person of Jesus Christ, may you be able to see yourself as truly blessed!

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8

 

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