Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”

You can’t taste something from a distance. You have to come into intimate contact with something in order to taste it. It is the same with God. You can’t taste of God from afar. You have to come close to Him. And to really taste something, you have to let it sit on your palate for a while. Likewise, we have to give God time to work in our lives. Professional wine tasters make an art out of seeing, swirling, smelling, sipping, and savoring a wine. In the same way, tasting of the Lord is so much more than just a quick sip.

In Biblical times, one of the roles of the cup bearer was to taste the wine to be sure that it was not poisoned. The king would not taste the wine unless he trusted that it wasn’t going to harm him. It is the same way with tasting God. If we don’t trust that God has our best interest in mind, we will never risk tasting Him. We’ll let others taste Him and see if it goes well for them or not.

How about you? Have you tasted of the Lord? Are you in close, intimate contact with Him? Have you given Him time to work in your life? Do you trust Him enough to go all in? And what have your results been like? Has He proven Himself to be good? The Lord is good and we can trust that He has our best interest in mind. He is our refuge from this world.