Taste and See

by Larry Hehn on August 29, 2013

taste and seeTaste and see that the Lord is good.
Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
– Psalm 34:8

Growing up, I had limited exposure to different varieties of food.

Dinner was usually some kind of meat, some kind of potato, and some kind of vegetable. Weekend lunch was often homemade chicken soup, or sometimes scrambled eggs with a side of baked beans.

I never saw (or heard of) a jalapeno until my late teens. The most “exotic” food I knew was lasagna.

I appreciate the thousands of meals my Mom lovingly prepared for me. I never went hungry, and was always pleased with her cooking, and especially her baking.

There was nothing wrong with the food I had growing up. But I had yet to experience the “big picture” of international cuisine.

Then I met my friend Tony.

Tony was born in Turkey. He had friends and relatives across the globe. He was familiar with all sorts of food I never knew existed.

A typical conversation at Tony’s house went something like this:

Tony: “Here, try this.”

Me: “What is it?”

Tony: “I’ll tell you when you’re done eating it.”

In other words, taste and see.

Wise move, Tony. I probably wouldn’t have eaten that beef tongue if I had known what it was ahead of time.

After meeting Tony, a whole new world of food was opened to me. I sampled the cuisine of many different cultures. I discovered – and enjoyed – flavors my palate had never known.

After doing the “taste and see” for myself, my perception of food gained a depth and character far beyond my original experience and expectations.

I think that’s the kind of thing David was talking about when he wrote, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

I’ve encountered so many people who say they don’t want to have a thing to do with God or Jesus. But it never seems to be God or Jesus they have an issue with.

It’s their experience and expectations of Christianity that seem to be the deciding factor.

And, well, if your experience has been Westboro Baptist Church, the man in Taiwan who jumped into a zoo lion enclosure shouting, “Jesus will save you!” and other sorts of “Christians” who have been less than Christ-like, I can see how you might be a little leery.

But David is calling us to go deeper. He encourages us to go beyond our first impressions and really experience God firsthand. David assures us that when we do, we will find that he is good.

I never knew what I was missing until I got a taste for myself.

Why not taste and see?

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Rob Shepherd August 29, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Most excellent point! This is so crucial to do as Christians.

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Larry Hehn September 2, 2013 at 10:00 pm

I need to keep reminding myself of this. Thanks, Rob!

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Rick Dawson August 29, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Good thing you were willing to taste and see – surface sampling doesn’t do Him justice at all, any more than just staying in one book of the OT presents a complete picture of Him.

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Larry Hehn September 2, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Right on, Rick. I still have a long way to go, but am thankful for the journey so far.

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seekingpastor August 29, 2013 at 9:44 pm

We can know a lot about God, but until we taste and see we don’t know Him. Good words.

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Larry Hehn September 2, 2013 at 10:03 pm

There is a big difference between the two, for sure. Many thanks, Matt!

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Jan Moyer August 30, 2013 at 10:45 am

As always, you make me pause and reflect. Thanks for this.

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Larry Hehn September 2, 2013 at 10:03 pm

My pleasure, Jan. Thank you for your encouragement!

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David Rupert August 30, 2013 at 11:10 am

I spent two years in Turkey and experienced that exotic (and delightful) cuisine! Yes…I want to know what it is that God has for me. He says, “Just be quiet and eat what’s before you. Trust me!”

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Larry Hehn September 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm

That’s when it gets really exciting!

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Julie Stewart August 30, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Appreciated this post, Larry. Well done.

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Larry Hehn September 2, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Thank you so much, Julie. Glad you enjoyed it!

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