Creative Arts, Devotional

O Taste And See: A Photo Essay

September 2, 2015
Stephen Hart

In preparing for this second photo essay. I was drawn to a passage of scripture in Psalm 34:7-8 which says, “The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him and He delivers them. O taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.”

My first exposure to Bethel Music was through Brian and Jenn Johnson’s song “O Taste and See.” A simple song of joyous declaration that indeed the Lord is good and greatly to be praised. I often find myself going back to this beautiful song because there’s something wonderful about singing of His goodness.

These photos, although quite dramatic and moody at times, are taken from my recent season of now living in California — adjusting to a new life, finding my feet, knowing where I belong. What I’ve found within myself is an urgency to proclaim God’s goodness in every season. I find myself singing and dancing even when I thought I didn’t want to praise Him.

How good is our God? He sets our feet to dancing and turns our mourning into dancing again and again. I’ve included the lyrics from this song throughout this essay, and I pray this is a blessing to you.

girl standing on cliff- overlooking mountain cool powerlines oh taste and see - bethel music graphic horses in field driving in car pine trees - northern california mountain lake you have turned my mourning into dancing put off my rags and clothed me in gladness southern california palm trees hipster shoes and flannel cabin in the mountains drift wood and logs floating in a lake white rock mountain cliff oh lord my god i will give thanks to you forever mountain lake misty mountain waves splashing on rocks half dome blue sky trees beautiful amazing ocean beautiful waves slplashing torn jeans and boots sitting on cliff clif ocean I will live only for you rock jutting out of waves small mountain bridge gray rocks in the mountains Image 25 Image 26

For anyone interested in my process, the photos in this photo essay were all taken on my iPhone 5S and processed / edited using VSCO Cam for iPhone.