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  • Joseph Stringer

Taste and See

"Taste and see that the Lord is good." Psalm 34.08.

How well the Psalmist understands our senses. Our five senses move from outward focus to inward experience.

The first three senses do not require action on our part:

Sight. Without conscious effort, we can see stars light years distant.

Hearing. We hear sounds all around us, sometimes from miles away.

Smell. Aromas waft into our range from close by, sometimes bringing fragrances and sometimes unpleasant smells. We have little control other than to wrinkle our noses.

Now we consider the two senses which require action on our part.

Touch. We must actively reach out to something or someone in order to feel the sense of touch. It is more intimate than the previous three, but we are still outside of our bodies. We are approaching now what the psalmist was speaking about.

Taste. To taste, we must actively ingest something, place it in our mouths, bring it into our very being. It becomes a part of us, of our digestion, eventually of our molecules. This is how God wants us to experience Him. To bring Him, of our own will, into us. To invite Him into our being, to make Him a part of our very molecules. Thus, He has the psalmist tell us, "Taste and see that the Lord is good."

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