This verse from Psalm 34:8a keeps coming up in my prayer times and my comings and goings with people…
“Taste and see that the LORD is good”
I believe the Psalmist is challenging all of us to “taste the LORD for ourselves”. I believe this verse is coming out of the Psalmists experience of the Father’s goodness. In other words the Psalmist is saying, “I know the LORD is good because I have experienced this to be true in my life – I am challenging you to experience the LORD’s goodness for yourselves.”
I have a story…
Years ago, the ‘207’ bus used to travel from Newcastle to Merewether. So, when you saw ‘207’ on the front of the bus you knew where that bus was going. If you weren’t sure where that bus was going you could always pickup a timetable or a map and find out the route that the bus was taking. Or, you could just simply ask someone else where the bus was going. Perhaps it would be wise to ask someone who has travelled on that bus before.
So, you could find out all about the bus and where it was heading by the information you could obtain and the testimony of those that travelled on the bus.
to really know for yourself or to really experience where that bus is travelling to and to reach the destination of that bus it is necessary to hop on that bus and go on that journey.
Similarly, it is not enough to know about the Father, is is not enough to read about the Father, it is not enough to hear about the Father. It is necessary to taste for yourself (and myself) the goodness of our Heavenly Father. In other words, to taste and prove the goodness of the LORD for yourself.
Deut 4:29 says…
“But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
And where is the ‘there’ in the “But if from there”, it is moving from a place of distress and dispair, a place of trouble and strife and abandoning God, to a place of surrendering your complete heart and soul to the Living God.
The Lord bless you! – Steve