We experience the world through our senses. They give us the ability to understand our surroundings and enjoy life. This taste and see scripture from Psalm 34:8 gives us an exciting invitation to experience the goodness of God through two of our God-given senses…
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him.
What does Taste and See that the Lord is good mean?
The sense of taste has the power to take us to unseen places. Sometimes, it’s a faraway locale or a dream vacation in the making. And other times it’s back in time to a special memory of sharing a meal with loved ones.
I love to watch those TV shows about cooking. You know the ones where the host describes 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!
And I love to taste the flavors of my childhood. My Granny made the most scrumptious chicken and dumplings and the most delicious biscuits and gravy imaginable! With each yummy bite, I’m transported to a different time and place. Happy memories of my family gathered around the table, laughing and living life together fill my soul while I’m filling my tummy.
But the sense of taste isn’t something you can learn from someone else. It’s something you must experience for yourself. You can listen all day long to someone describe the flavors, but to taste them, you have to actually put the food in your mouth and eat it.
Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord
In the same way that we can taste our favorite foods and savor them, we can also enjoy God’s goodness. But this taste and see scripture teaches us, if want the goodness of the Lord in our life, we need to be intentional about it. Once we’ve developed a relationship with God by feeding our minds with His Word and by putting our trust in Him, we’ll experience the fullness of God’s blessings toward us.
But tasting God’s goodness is just the beginning! Because…
Seeing is Believing
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 every day.
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, the goodness of God never changes.
And we’re able to see God’s blessings 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 good
God is good all the time! 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 true colors 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.
So, if you want to see the goodness of God and His and blessings, just taste and see them for yourself today!
P.S. If you need a little more inspiration… This taste and see song always shows me a glimpse of God’s goodness!