Who doesn’t love the smell and artistic beauty of a well-cooked meal? I know I do! As many know, my wife Jill is an extraordinary chef. She loves to meticulously plan and prepare our dinners that we enjoy (and I devour) each evening. I know I should appreciate more the artistic nature of her craft. She thinks about the colors and the placement of the food on our plates. But honestly, what most often goes down as “awesome” to me, is the taste of every bite I put in my mouth.
So, I guess I lean toward being a taste guy. That works for a non-foodie like me. Yet in the Spirit realm, God exhorts us to both “taste and see”. Recently while reading the Word, I came across Psalm 34:8 and spent some time prayerfully meditating on that text. “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Clearly, you need an encounter of both tasting and seeing to fully appreciate God’s goodness.
- Taste is a physical encounter.
- See is a perceptual encounter.
When you taste something, you physically encounter it. It happens to you.
When you see something, you have a testimony, an example or expression of its reality. This is significant but is less of an apologetic for the reality compared to tasting.
This certainly relates to the subject of the reality of the supernatural. No doubt, the greatest apologetic for the reality of God and his Kingdom is a personal encounter with the manifest presence of God. This is why signs and wonders are so strategic in the revealing of the gospel and the advancing of God’s Kingdom. A taste of heaven on earth is mission critical! It is also critical to a disciple’s holistic well-being. No one is wired to sustain a fruitful life and ministry without occasions of tangible, supernatural encounter with the Holy Spirit.
“Why should the nations say, ‘Where is their God?’” – Psalm 79:10
“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” – Psalm 85:6
I believe most believers have seenthe truth and reality of the Kingdom from afar—primarily by hearing, reading or studying about it. Many less have tasted the Kingdom as an encounter of his manifest presence. Therefore, such believers also have little expectation for such an encounter for others to whom they may minister.
What sort of faith is it that sees something, but never experiences it or expects it to be a reality for others?
I sure desire to taste and see that the Lord is good. Yes, I desperately need that experience to be built into the very rhythm of my life. And I passionately want my family, friends and pre-believing neighbors to taste and see that the Lord is good. These desires lead me to soak in God’s presence at his banqueting table.
If it is your desire to taste and see that the Lord is good, how might you soak in God’s presence at his banqueting table? May the Lord richly bless you as you create space to do so.
Please leave a comment and share how you are pursuing obedience to this command to taste and see that the Lord is good. What has proven fruitful for you?