I've been hearing this scripture a lot recently, but it has always puzzled me. How do we taste that the Lord is good. I can see what he does, but taste it? While thinking about this, I was reminded of John 14:26
26 "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost,
whom the Father will send in my name,
he shall teach you all things"
So I simply asked him-How do I taste the Lords goodness? His answer surprised me! Study wine tasting. So I've been reading articles and watching video's on wine tasting. I even tried it on a bottle I had. Over the next couple of weeks, I will share what I've learned and what the Holy Spirit has taught me.
First step is buying the wine. We read the label to tell us about what is in the bottle. It gives us a clue about what we will taste when the bottle is opened. Since the bottle we are tasting is the Lord, I figured the Bible was my label. So I looked up wine in a bible dictionary thinking I'd find a simple definition. Instead I found several different words, each with a different nuance of meaning. Let's look at a few of them.
"The common Hebrew word for wine is yayin , from a root meaning "to boil up," "to be in a ferment." Others derive it from a root meaning "to tread out," and hence the juice of the grape trodden out. But besides this common Hebrew word, there are several others which are thus rendered.
Ashishah: a solid cake of pressed grapes, or a cake of raisins.
Asis, "sweet wine," or "new wine," the product of the same year, juice trodden out or pressed out, thus referring to the method by which the juice is obtained. The power of intoxication is ascribed to it.
Hemer, "blood of the grape", ("red wine"), This word conveys the idea of "foaming," as in the process of fermentation, or when poured out. It is derived from the root hamar , meaning "to boil up," and also "to be red," from the idea of boiling or becoming inflamed.
Mesekh, properly a mixture of wine and water with spices that increase its stimulating properties
Tirosh, properly "must," translated "wine" "new wine" "sweet wine" "vintage". This Hebrew word has been traced to a root meaning "to take possession of" and hence it is supposed that tirosh is so designated because in intoxicating it takes possession of the brain. Among the blessings promised to Esau mention is made of "plenty of corn and tirosh."
Shemarim (only in plural), "lees" or "dregs" of wine. In Isaiah 25:6 it is rendered "wines on the lees", i.e., wine that has been kept on the lees, and therefore old wine. (I had to put this in for you, Dad, Hebrew roots not Scottish?)
Mesek, "a mixture," mixed or spiced wine, not diluted with water, but mixed with drugs and spices to increase its strength, or, as some think, mingled with the lees by being shaken
In addition to wine the Hebrews also made use of what they called debash , which was obtained by boiling down must to one-half or one-third of its original bulk. In Genesis 43:11 this word is rendered "honey." It was a kind of syrup. This word occurs in the phrase "a land flowing with milk and honey"
A drink-offering of wine was presented with the daily sacrifice, and also with the offering of the first-fruits, and with various other sacrifices. Wine was used at the celebration of the Passover. And when the Lord's Supper was instituted, the wine and the unleavened bread then on the paschal table were by our Lord set apart as memorials of his body and blood." (from Easton's Bible dictionary under wine. You can read it all at <http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/wine/)
At the Lord's supper, Jesus used the wine as symbol of his blood After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 1 Corinthians 11:25
And we know that blood is symbolic of life "For the life of the flesh is in the blood" (Gen 9:4, Lev 17:4).
So what does our label tell us about this bottle we are tasting? It is life that boils up from the inside of us where He lives. It's a mixture of wine (life) and water (his word) with spices (anointing) that is stimulating, so intoxicating it takes possession of our soul. It is using old wine (our past) to increase our strength. It is life boiled down until it is sweet; being led in His Presence, walking in His Glory and Power. It is blessing and sacrifice. It is our daily life; sometimes sweet, sometimes dry. Sometimes so nasty we have to spit it out or so heavenly we don't want to ever stop drinking.
One person I read said to learn what good wine tasted like, you had to drink a lot of different wines. You have to know what bad taste like to appreciate what is good. You learn to read the labels and which ones to buy and which ones to avoid. If we learn to taste life like that, we will know what works and taste good, and what to avoid.
The good news is our Father has a new bottle waiting for us every day.
"the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness …They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23 Amplified
He is teaching us to be wine connoisseurs, to recognize and expect an excellent glass every day.
Now we've read the label, next we open the bottle and pour a glass.