Taste and see that the Lord is good

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Psa 34:8

My daughter loves ice cream treats. Prior to the COVID lockdown last year, each visit to an ice cream store or café would mean sampling different flavours, even though her default is always chocolate. Now, while I do not understand the divineness of chocolate to her, what I do get in sampling is a taste of what the real product is like.

I like how prophetic the psalmist is, being the voice of God in drafting an invitation to people to know Him. Notice that the verse did not say “eat” or “drink” or “partake”, but rather, to taste that God is good is basically to sample His goodness. He uses this word ‘taste’ or טָעַם (taam) in the original language to evoke the imagery of food so that people can relate to the sampling. The sampling is God’s invitation to us and therein lies the option – to proceed or to reject the offer.

When we decide to proceed after we have tasted, it is an indication of our response to partake wholly without hesitation. The problem with our world today, is the presence of what I like to term as the “distracted taste bud”.

In Singapore, we face a different food problem couched in a single question at every meal – “What shall we eat ah?”. We can relate to this in line with the parable of the seed and the sower. This parable tells us of four grounds, one of which is that of the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things (Mark 4:19). The parable reminds us that this ground chokes the Word of God and makes it unfruitful.

The picture that I sense God wants us to see in relation to “tasting”, is how we have allowed the options before us to coat and cloud our taste buds that when it comes to tasting God’s goodness, it turns out just bland. Make no mistake – there are many cares of this world. Wealth is ever abundant, regardless of whether it is a bull or bear market. So many things are around seeking for our attention and our affection. All of these prevent us from tasting what is really, truly, authentically good.

To this end, we need a taste check-up. Perhaps you are reading this and you have found your appetite for God’s presence waning. You have been checking-in on your social feeds more than opening your Bible app. Your intimate prayer session has become but a quick and fast get-it-over-and-done takeaway rather than a proper feast and meal with the One who desires fellowship.

If this is the word for you, let’s journey together on this. God is inviting us to hit a reset and get back on track today. One of the Revelational calls to the church is that of returning to her first love, and this needs to start with us. Taste and see that the Lord is good, church. He is good. He is better than we think.