TASTE TEST

tasting

 

The psalmist David was inspired to write: “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusts in Him.”

Psalm 34:8

Being a true follower of Jesus means (or should mean) that we allow every aspect of our lives to come under His scrutiny; everything we say and every way we act, our lifestyle, should be weighed and measured by His Holiness. The Bible says that we are not to lean on our own understanding, but in ALL OUR WAYS acknowledge Him, and He will direct our path. So not just our spiritual walk (prayer Life, bible reading and meditation, church attendance and tithing, supporting missions and kingdom building) but our physical walk as well (our dress, our associations, the places we visit for recreation and relaxation, and even our eating habits and how we take care of our bodies); all should come under the realm and authority of God.

When Psalmist penned this verse, he was describing his relationship with God as being one that could be equated with first, our physical sense of eating a delicious piece of fruit, or one of your most favorite meals, or sitting down and relaxing with your most delightful dessert. Second, he was bringing attention to our mental ability to “see” with our mind and remember how faithful and strong God is in our lives. And third, when he said “oh taste and see”, he was saying that we are to allow the “whole man” to experience the awesome joy of being in relationship with the Lord!

The word “taste” in this text is translated from the Hebrew word “ta ‘am” which means to perceive. It is used figuratively here to bring the understanding that we are “to become aware of, to know, or identify by means of the senses” God’s presence in our lives. We should train ourselves by being ever thankful for His loving kindness toward us each and everyday, and we should ask the Holy Spirit to make us sensitive to recognize, discern and understand when He is moving in our midst and when we’re moving away from Him! That’s so important because when we get use to not having something, we eventually forget what it was and the joy we experienced when we did! The memory becomes faded and distorted and we replace it with other things. That’s why all our senses and every aspect of our being should be involved with worship and praise of our Lord!

When we allow ourselves to become “connoisseurs” of Jesus, one that has been trained to recognize righteousness from sinful lusts, and can truly say with conviction that today with Jesus is sweeter than the day before, that’s when we experience the superlative blessings of His love and faithfulness toward us. That’s when we learn to trust in Him and commit our ways to Him. That’s when our spiritual, emotional and even physical palettes become acutely refined to taste His goodness and to never accept carnal imitations.

Today, give your senses a refreshing, exhilarating and delightful treat - give Jesus a taste test and experience the GOODNESS of the Lord and declare as did the psalmist David: “Oh taste and see that the Lord is Good!

God richly bless you.