O Taste and See
Psalm 34:8 “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.”
When you taste things…you experience them…you know them….you have them.
You can know about the Lord….
But to really have the experience that the Lord is good….is to taste.
Our taste, is a very sensitive faculty (unless it has been compromised).
It lets us know things….salty, sweet, bitter, savory….
It brings to mind memories….my Grandma teaching me to slurp the vinegar in the pickles she made….”it’s good for you!”….and I have loved the sour vinegar taste ever since! And it reminds me of her, every time.
It lets us know whether things are “good” or “spoiled”.
Our taste was given to us so we can discriminate between one thing and another.
And we can only “taste”, for ourselves….not for another.
So David says…..”Taste and see that the Lord is good”.
“No,” David says….”I have tasted….but I can not even begin to explain or show you how good the Lord is.
I can tell you what He did for me…..but you must come and experience Him and His goodness, for yourself….so come and taste”
The Lord said to me once, that the people I was preaching to were getting a banquet….a feast of His Word…in the Bible study we were having (I certainly was!)…..
…..but though they were coming…and listening…..
…when it came to “tasting” the good…..they were settling for a sandwich….
….and going away.
There are some spiritual truths, that you can not truly know….without experiencing them for yourself.
Being born again is just such a doctrine….unless you come to Christ Jesus and receive Him into your heart….and know the forgiveness of your sins….you are not born again.
So is deliverance from our besetting sins (Hebrews 12:2), or self-sins…
The verses He showed me….might encourage you…..but not touch the soft spot of your heart’s rebellion….
….and so do nothing for you.
The Lord is “good”. The word here is “sweet”….like honey.
Yet the sweetness of the Lord is only for those who will come and experience it.
(The Song of Solomon is a book of experience: it tells of the believers desire to go further with the Lord. To know the sweetness of Him in personal fellowship and the walking together in our life.
Song of Solomon 1:2-4, all speak of this desire….
“Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth;”…
….and then compares that communion, with taste….
“for Thy love is better than wine.”)
We must make the blessings of His grace (the unmerited favor of power) our own.
We know His grace in salvation….”For by grace are ye saved….” (Ephesians 2:8)
But there are graces given us day by day….which we need to “taste and see”….and we will not “see” them in our lives, if we will not use them.
2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:”
“All grace”…..all the different graces we need….strength, peace, knowledge, joy, power to do…….all the enablement we should have….
….And these we need to use….day by day.
1 Peter 2:3 “If so be that ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”
O taste….(for yourself)….and see…(with eyes that are really opened to Him)…..that the Lord is good.
He is….do you know Him so?