“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”– Psalm 34:8
What does it mean to taste and see? When we sit down and examine this it brings us into a new world of worship if we truly understand what it is saying to us today…
If we go back to the Hebrew context of this scripture we see that David is inviting us to look into this in a way that we use our senses…It puts us in the mindset that our relationship with Christ is intended to be personal. The opening comes from the Hebrew words טַעֲמ֣וּ (ta’a-mu) and וּ֭רְאוּ (u-re’u), both primary root words for “to taste” and “to see”.
To taste here can be translated as “to taste, perceive” or even quite literally, “to perceive taste”. This invites us to do with God as we would do with food. We are put into a mindset of taking it all in, savoring the flavor and enjoying the moment. But not only to take it in and savor it, but also see it at work around us, “to see” that God is good!
The word used here for good is טֹ֣וב (to-vv) which leads us to pleasant and agreeable, or good. God is always working for us, which is shown to us in the second part of this verse in which we see that taking refuge in Him brings blessing on our lives.
I believe that one way we can look at this is by looking at food items on our cabinet shelves. There are a few small words that are included on many food labels that say, “Artificial flavoring and coloring added.” These words are there to tell us that a group of chemists have slaved in a lab to make something that is not real as close to real as it can be. They have created flavor or color that was not originally there to make it taste and look the way that they want us to perceive it…but we cannot do that for our relationship with God.
There is no synthetic relationship with God, it is personal…it is designed to be real, not a substitute. This is why David is opening us up to tasting and seeing that God is good. He invites us to see the real thing…not an imitation. It is like the training that bank tellers go through to recognize counterfeit money; they are never handed a counterfeit bill, rather, they are given the real thing. They are asked to become so familiar with the genuine product that they can spot the fake immediately.
Are we capable of this in our walk with Christ? We should be…we should become so familiar with the Real Thing that we know when it isn’t real. We need to really examine our lives and see if we are immersing ourselves with the real, or if we have become comfortable with a false sense of relationship with Christ.
Today, I invite you to “Taste and See that God is good!” Do not lose sight of what is real and allow God to do work in you today that will further your perception of Him and allow others to see what the real thing looks like!