What does it mean to taste and see that the Lord is good?
The phrase, "taste and see that the Lord is good," is a direct quote from verse 8 of Psalm 34. To understand this, by sight, watch the short video at the end of this article. It’s short, but inspiring, and will fill your heart with joy and encourage your soul with hope. Before “seeing,” let’s do some “tasting.”
Psalm 34 is a song of thanksgiving in which David begins by praising God for His deliverance from fear and trouble (vs 4, 6). David then calls upon the people of Israel to remember that their God is both their Protector and Deliverer (vs 7). Next, comes…
Tasting and Seeing (vs 8)
In seventeen words, David instructs and encourages the people. First, he implores them to seek the Lord and to know His goodness (8a). Then David tells them that they will be blessed by trusting (8b). And, of course, we know that trust is produced by knowing God’s goodness (8a).
"Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!" (Psalm 34:8)
The words “taste and see” are sensual and experiential. They are sensual in that they describe the actions of two of our God-given senses. Let’s explore this further.
How do we “taste and see” that the Lord is good? Before tasting anything, we must eat something. Before eating something, we must “see” the food. From the beginning, God gave man food to see and to eat (taste).
"And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food." (Genesis 2:9)
"And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food." (Genesis 1:29)
Hunger for Food
Adam was created with a natural hunger for food, so God gave him the produce of the Garden to satisfy his hunger. God also created Adam with a spiritual hunger that only He could satisfy through an intimate relationship that included direct communication (God spoke directly to Adam). This relationship established Adam’s heart and fueled his works.