Have you ever been involved in a taste test? A couple of years ago, I qualified for some consumer taste testing. It was fun and mostly delicious. The process itself is interesting, scientific and completely anonymous.
After tasting different products a series of questions were to be answered. Some of the questions included evaluation of the color, texture, or thickness of the product. Other questions included assessment of taste or appearance.
My granddaughter Joy spent the night after one of these sessions. She wanted to taste test some food. So we set up our own little taste test for her.
Once a variety of foods were purchased and prepared, the testing began. There were some items she did not like. Some she really enjoyed and others were just okay. With Aunt Candy by her side, she found deliciousness in some of what she ate.
After it was all over, Joy had tasted some food that she had never experienced before. She is now open to trying new foods when the opportunity arises.
When we look at the book of Psalm, David takes his readers to God’s own taste test. Psalm 34:8 (NIV) says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”
Have you ever wondered what God’s goodness tastes like? If you have smiled when God showed in a situation, you’ve tasted His goodness. If you’ve found pure pleasure in reading God’s Word, you’ve tasted His goodness. If God working in you has brought complete satisfaction to your soul, you’ve tasted His goodness.
It is interesting that also in this past year I have done the study Made to Crave[i] by Lysa TurKeurst twice. I have tasted some wonderful tidbits in God’s Word that lead me to the conclusion that I can taste of God’s goodness when I am craving an Oreo cookie. My longing and craving can only be satisfied through God. The thing is that God made us to crave, but to crave God not food.
I find it completely comforting and wonderful that God knew exactly what I would need to find in Him. Then He spelled it out very clearly. “Taste my goodness.” It really is that simple.
When we taste of God’s goodness, we know we will love it. It will be perfect in all areas. There won’t be anything lacking. It will be exactly what we expected. Good.
So are you ready to jump in and taste God’s goodness? You will love it. You will be satisfied. You will find pure pleasure. You will develop a smile on your face. All because you were willing to “taste and see.”
Grace and peace be yours in abundance,