Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him.
We experience the world through our five senses. They give us the ability to understand our surroundings and to enjoy life. This verse from Psalms is an exciting invitation to experience the goodness of God through two of our God given senses, taste and sight.
I love to watch all of those TV shows about cooking. The hosts often describe what their food tastes like for the viewing audience. The sweetness of a strawberry shortcake, how the spongy cake mingles with the buttery cream and rich berries. The flaky crust and gooey, warm filling of a tart cherry pie. Or a spicy, hot enchilada. The way the flavors burst in your mouth and fill your taste buds with pleasure. But the sense of taste is something that you have to experience for yourself. You can listen all day long to someone else describe what they are tasting, but in order to taste it for yourself you have to actually put the food in your mouth and eat it.
In the same way that we can taste our favorite foods and savor them, we can also enjoy the goodness of God. But just like with the sense of taste, we have to be intentional about it. We have to put the time in to develop a relationship with God first. After we have fed our minds with God’s word and have thoughtfully developed a prayer life, then we will experience the fullness of God’s goodness toward us.
The experience of tasting leads us to seeing. And seeing is believing. If we believe in our hearts that God is good, then our eyes will be open to seeing His goodness on display in our lives. God has given each of us many blessings. Through the simple things like getting us to and from work safely every day, to the big earth shattering moments where life takes an unexpected turn, God’s goodness never changes.
We are able to see God’s goodness just like we can see the beauty of a sunset with its brilliant colors fading into each other. The vast ocean with its sandy beach. A babbling brook, cool and blue. Or a rolling hillside, lush and green. Think of all of the amazing sights God has created for us to see!
God is always good! And the outcome of both tasting and seeing, is believing in the goodness of God. Through both the good and bad times, God shows His goodness by blessing us with mercy and compassion. Because He is good, we are able to taste and see His goodness surrounding us when we need Him the most. He loves us and wants to share His goodness with us.