Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Psalms 34:8 NIVUK
One of the greatest first lines in a novel is reputed to be in George Orwell’s 1984 – ‘The clocks struck Thirteen’.
Our verse today may not be the beginning of the chapter but this verse has the same impact making you stop and pay attention.
Our brains are hard-wired towards order and being told to ‘taste’ to ‘see’ is not within order.
The Hebrew word taste is taam and occurs only here.
Its primitive root is to taste but if also occurs figuratively as to perceive.
When we taste something we are using more than just one sense, as our taste is also influenced by what we smell, and in part to what we see.
If we are offered a taste of something we understand that we are being invited to try the food and experience the flavours.
In some schools, potential new pupils are invited to have a ‘taster’ day. They will experience what that school environment is like.
The Psalmist tells us to taste – to experience, to get an idea of, and be influenced by those several senses – that the Lord is good.
Good – towb – is a much more common word often being translated as beautiful, best, better, cheerful, at ease, fair.
Blessed – esher – how happy or blessed – is the person who trusts – chasah (this is the only instance of the word) – puts trust in, has a hope in, makes a refuge – in Him.
Once you make the Lord your refuge, placing trust in Him, you will see and taste – experience in many ways – the goodness which comes from Him.
Taste and See!