7/7/19 - Taste This!
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him.” (Psalms 34:8)
When our children were small we tried to get them to experience lots of good food. Sometimes they would turn up their little noses when we introduced new foods and might even announce that they didn’t like it before they had even tasted it. We encouraged them to try and see. As a result, they learned to eat and enjoy a lot of great foods that are healthy and nutritious. (I still don’t like sweet potatoes – just saying!)
In this psalm, David seems to almost blurt out the words, “taste and see that the Lord is good.” In modern terms, “This is great. Try it.” In Peter’s first epistle, he quotes this psalm to encourage new Christians to try the Lord’s way and learn to appreciate it. “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious” (I Peter 2:1-3). Sometimes newborn babies need a little coaxing to try out good, wholesome food that will build them up and make them strong.
Taste the goodness of the Lord. In the children’s mealtime prayer, we say, “God is great. God is good. Let us thank Him for our food.” Actually, this is profound. God is great. He is so powerful and wise. Let us not forget that He is also good. He never exerts His power without regard to the best interest of us who are created in His image. He truly loves us, and all that He has done, is doing, and ever will do is for our eternal benefit.
Taste the holiness of the Lord. He is perfect in every way. There is no corruption or perversion in the God of creation. Unlike the so-called gods of myths and idolatry, the living God is without sin. He cannot be tempted with evil and He does not entice us to do wrong (James 1:13). He calls us to leave the wickedness of the world and to be separate as He is holy. In this way, we are truly His children (II Corinthians 6:17,18).
Taste the joy of the Lord. “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). God’s children should have lives of delight because of all the spiritual blessings we enjoy (Ephesians 1:3). We will still face difficulties in life, but we are never abandoned or forsaken. The Lord lifts us above the oppressive evil of this world to a life of meaning and fulfillment. We have a hope of eternal life that no one can take from us. This is reason to live with joy.
Taste the good life of peace. Because Jesus sacrificed Himself for us, we can be reconciled to God and have peace with Him. We are no longer enemies. We no longer live in fear of eternal damnation. In Jesus, we have peace with God. We love God and show it by extending that love to others, and live in peace with our fellow man. And don’t forget to taste the peace in our own hearts that comes from knowing we are His.