Published on Friday, October 1, 2021
O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! (Psalm 34:8)
The verse above took on new meaning for Teri and I recently when we became ill with Covid-19 and both lost our sense of taste and smell. All things considered, those were some of the minor side effects. As I write this, I still do not have my taste or smell back, and maybe I will not get them back, but in the grand scheme of life…I WILL live.
The Believer’s Bible Commentary says this about verse 8: This is the authentic, urgent invitation to the unconverted. We may reason, argue, resort to logic and marshal Christian evidences, but when all is said and done, a man must taste and see for himself. Campbell Murdoch writes:
“We may argue about God, His existence, and the external evidences which the universe and providence provide. But only when His love and presence touch our hearts can we really know Him in His unspeakable goodness.” Then follows the invitation to the converted. It is the call to the life of faith. The saints are invited to walk by faith and not by sight, and to experience God’s marvelous, miraculous, and abundant provision. It is the message of Matthew 6:33.
To “taste and see that the Lord is good” goes much deeper than our literal sense of taste. I believe the Psalmist uses the word taste here as an emphasis on the requirement and urgency for action on our part. Whether I ever get my sense of taste back will have no bearing on the meaning of Psalm 34:8. Having sought God and experienced His love and presence in my life goes beyond the momentary “tickling of the taste buds.”
Author: Mark Knapp, Beck's Chaplain
Categories: CropTalk, 2021