I will recount the gracious deeds of the Lord, the praiseworthy acts of the Lord, because of all that the Lord has done for us. Isaiah 63:7 

Indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. 1 Peter 2:3

We have five senses with which to experience the world. I recently learned a meditation practice that has you focus on each sense as you relax. First, focus on five things you can see around you, then focus on four things you can feel, next close your eyes and focus on three things you can hear, then two things that you can smell. Finally, notice one thing you can taste – if you can’t taste anything right then you can remember a taste, or take a sip of something. Just one taste is enough.

The word for taste can also mean to experience, as well as directly taste something. In I Peter the reader is reminded that the experiences they have had show that the Lord is good! There is reference to their being like newborn babies in need of spiritual milk. Having received that they can praise their Lord.

Isaiah too remembers all the wonderful deeds the Lord has done, things that are deserving of praise. We aren’t limited to one sense; we can use all five of our senses to experience God. Then, the response is to recount these deeds so others can know about the saving grace of our Lord.

All praise to you, God, who acts for the good of your children! May our mouths taste and proclaim you gentle grace. Help us to embrace all people, as you do, as your beloved children, and as our beloved brothers and sisters! Amen.

Chris Gabel