“O taste and see that the LORD is good” (Psalm 34:8). The King James Bible uses the word “taste” some 22 times. That’s a lot for one word such as taste. But everyone can identify with that sensory mechanism. We all have to eat. Even though one of the diet jokes is “If it tastes good, spit it out”, taste is important. We all have turned down food that doesn’t taste good to us. I don’t mean it has gone bad but that we just don’t like the taste of it. I have never liked the taste of fish. And that’s a big one for dieters although I will eat tilapia. I don’t like lamb or wild meats such as venison. I don’t like the taste of eggplant. I’m just not going to eat food I don’t like just because it’s “healthy” for you. “As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste” (Song of Songs 2:3). To taste is to try, or to evaluate, with the tongue, normally with a view to consumption if the flavor is suitable. It has the idea of discernment. So, taste and see how good God is.
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