“Taste and see that God is good” the psalmist writes in Psalm 34, verse 8 (a book located toward the middle of the Bible). We recently sang this psalm during worship, and the words have been swirling through my mind on repeat ever since.
The psalmist’s invitation is multisensory. It involves both tasting and seeing. It’s an embodied directive — not something we can do exclusively in our heads but instead something that involves our bodies and specifically our mouths and eyes.
There are a multitude of translations of the Bible; they are different ways of interpreting the original Greek and Hebrew words. The Message translation of the Bible puts Psalm 34:8 this way: “Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see — how good God is.”
Spirituality isn’t a head-only exercise. We bring our whole selves to the cosmic table of God, which is exactly as it should be.
I imagine the author of the Psalm would have no problem with people using the rest of their senses in encountering God as well. Hearing. Smelling. Touching/feeling.