Psalm 34:8 (NKJV)
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
I always thought this was kind of a strange phrase in scripture. It’s definitely not the wording I would use to make the point that the Psalmist is trying to get across. But if you compare different versions of the Bible, you’ll see that this is clearly the language the author used — not just an anomaly in a certain translation.
So what could be his motivation for using the word “taste”? Well, my thoughts start with the fact that the human body has on average 5,000 taste buds equipped to sense 5 separate elements in taste perception. There’s depth to our sense of taste just as there is to the goodness of God.
On the surface, the persecution and death of Jesus didn’t appear to be part of a good plan. But there is so much more to His goodness than what we perceive at first glance. There are often numerous elements to God’s work that are required to achieve His perfect will. In the end, everything came together for both His glory and the good of humanity.
If you’re struggling to understand a certain challenge or trial in your life, remember the words of Psalm 34. While we are encouraged to taste and see God’s goodness, we’re also reminded to trust in Him. It’s impossible to fully comprehend His will for us with our limited vision that is unable to go beyond the present moment. Be encouraged by how far He has brought you and continue to lean on His guidance day by day.