Taste Test Me
“Taste and see that the LORD is good. How happy is the man who takes refuge in Him!” (Psalm 34:8, HCSB)
One scholar writes that taste can mean “judge” in the sense of determining for oneself whether God is actually good. To “see” has the same concept.
Jonathan Edwards, in a sermon entitled A Divine and Supernatural Light, described the difference between believing information and experiencing the same:
There is a difference between having a rational judgment that honey is sweet, and having a sense of its sweetness. A man may have the former that knows not how honey tastes; but a man cannot have the latter unless he has an idea of the taste of honey in his mind. So there is a difference between believing that a person is beautiful, and having a sense of his beauty…when a heart is sensible of the beauty and amiableness of a thing, it necessarily feels pleasure in the apprehension (Edwards, Works. Vol.2, 14).
God is so certain of satisfying our deepest cravings, that He actually implores us to experience him for ourselves—to experience the divine taste-test.