Posted by: Jo | May 26, 2017

Taste and See

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”

(Psalm 34: 8)

Taste01I can remember as a child often from parents, or older family members, being encouraged to taste some food that was totally new and the message always seemed to be the same.

Just taste it and you will see how delicious it is.

Tasting food seems to have taken a giant step forward in today’s supermarkets where food is displayed in very small portions and passers by are encouraged, free of charge, to sample the products and of course the main aim is to encourage those who stop to taste, to go buy the product displayed. My husband loves accompanying me shopping when the stores have numerous stands with all sorts of tempting little delicacies as he would much rather nibble than shop.

It is interesting that the Psalmists would use the word, taste, in relationship to knowing God, but it is one of the basic senses and is used in a broader way in today’s society, e.g. she as such good taste in clothing / I don’t like his taste in friends / what a tasteful way to serve that food.

One of the definitions in the dictionary, uses the word, savour, to describe taste and this helped me to understand it’s use in Scripture and this verse aptly conveys this.

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.” (Psalm 119: 103)

Taste02When we think of savouring God’s words they are no longer just words written on paper, they become spiritual food for the soul and the more we spend savouring them the stronger we become in our faith;

“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it, you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (1 Peter 2: 2 – 3)

When I was younger I can remember looking at a type of food I wasn’t sure I would like and the person encouraging me to try, urged me by saying this,

What a pity you don’t know what you are missing!

This could be such an inspiration for those of us who love the Lord! If only we could encourage those who have no idea of what they are missing, to taste and see.

We may be the only witnesses some see of how sweet the words of God can be. Thinking back to the supermarket displaying food to taste, it is interesting to see how some of the Taste03food stands have lots of tasters as other shoppers see looks of delight on the faces of those nibbling around it. How wonderful if we could encourage others to taste and see as they observe how knowing the Lord, brings us such great joy.

“The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.” (Psalm 19: 9 – 10)

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  1. I love this passage in light of evangelism as well! Inviting friends to “taste and see” for themselves reminds me of Jesus inviting Thomas to come and resolve his doubts with a personal experience.

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  2. Lovely comments!!

    Like

  3. Your blogs are like “tasters” Jo. Thank you once again.

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    • I agree, Mary. A new way of looking at “tasters”.

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