The Taste Test

Taste of His goodness; see how wonderful the Eternal truly is.
    Anyone who puts trust in Him will be blessed and comforted.

Psalm 34:8

I am more used to this verse in song or this translation of the Bible:

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him

Psalm 34:8

Let’s take some time to look at this verse and see how it can bless and inspire us to deepen our relationship with God. I like to use the Blue Letter Bible for help with understanding the Hebrew and Greek – I linked it for your reference.

We taste things in order to try them out.  David encourages us to taste God’s goodness, to experience it, he’s speaking from his own life and wants us to know what he has found to be true. The Hebrew words for taste and see in this verse have the meaning of ‘perceiving’. Taste and see – try it, let God reveal to you the reality of who He is.

What is this reality? For David, that truth is that God is good. Despite what may be happening around him – this was a time when David was fleeing Saul and at risk of losing his life – God’s goodness is beyond doubt. He is wonderful. He is precious. He is pleasant. He is just and right. All those things and more are summed up in the word David uses.

The second part of the verse explains what happens when a man believes that God is good. There’s no longer any rational choice other than to trust Him and that trust will result in blessing and safety. The word we translate here as trust can mean to hope in, to make a refuge so there is both happiness and safety, contentment and security.

But then something happened: God our Savior and His overpowering love and kindness for humankind entered our world; He came to save us. It’s not that we earned it by doing good works or righteous deeds; He came because He is merciful. He brought us out of our old ways of living to a new beginning through the washing of regeneration; and He made us completely new through the Holy Spirit,

Titus 3:4-5

This is why we are secure, why we run to God and trust in Him, why we are blessed. We have tasted and seen that God is good as we have seen our lives transformed from sin to righteousness. Like David, we can sing and proclaim that the Lord is gracious and good. We might not have David’s anointed skill with words but God delights to hear us sing His praise, to sing our love for Him. He doesn’t care how our voices sound; like any parent, it’s the words and intent that matter to Him.

Take time today and get into the habit of telling yourself (and Him) how gracious the Lord is, how blessed you are. It’s a habit that will grow and sooner or later you’ll find yourself telling other people how loving and kind our God is too.

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