We eat with our eyes.
Every successful cook and chef knows this. The presentation of the food is part of the entire culinary experience. But it is not just the plating-the tableware, the decor of the dining room, even the servers are part of this presentation.
The other day, my daughter surprised me on my birthday by baking my favorite chocolate chip cookies. With her usual humility, she cautioned me, “Dad, it may not be as good as ones that come from your favorite bakery.”
I smiled, hugged her, and then took my first bite. It was delicious! It wasn’t just the sweetness of the cookie, it was the overwhelming affirmation of my daughter’s love for me as she watched me eat. I was eating with my eyes as I lovingly looked at her. It was, without a doubt, the best chocolate cookie I ever ate. “You’re right, sweetheart,” turning to hug her once again. “It is not as good as the ones from the bakery. It is waaay better!”
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Psalms 34:8 (ESV)
God presents His love and blessings to us through many different means. Perhaps this is why the psalmist rejoices in the safety and comfort of God's love by appealing to our senses of sight and taste. Like the blessings I received from my daughter’s baking and her adoring face, God engages all of our senses when He blesses us. It is not just an intellectual knowledge of His Goodness, it is a blessing that overwhelms our senses!
We eat with our eyes. Taste and see that the Lord is good!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.