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5.11.2020 Taste & See


Here’s an anointed song: Taste & See That the Lord is Good by Travis Greene

"What does it mean to taste and see that the Lord is good in Psalm 34:8?" Psalm 34 This highlights God’s constant care for His people.

To taste involves testing or sampling; to see involves understanding or perceiving. The phrase taste and see, then, means “try and experience.” David urges God’s people to discover the goodness of the Lord by personal trial and experience it for themselves. He doesn’t want readers to merely take his word for it that the Lord is good; he wants them actively to experience and know for themselves the fact that God is good. Humans associate taste with pleasure and satisfaction. Bible commentator Matthew Henry elaborates on this idea: “Let God’s goodness be rolled under the tongue as a sweet morsel.” When David says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good,” he is calling us to figuratively take a bite—to try for ourselves by our own experience—and find out exactly how satisfyingly good God is. The apostle Peter applies the same language in 1 Peter 2:3 when he says, “You have tasted that the Lord is good.” Tasting must happen before seeing; that is, our spiritual experiences bring us to spiritual enlightenment and understanding. David desires others to “taste and see.” He wants them to experience what he has experienced so that they can know what he has come to know, the soul-sustaining goodness of the Lord. Psalm 34 goes on to outline examples of God’s incredible goodness to those who take refuge in Him: He takes care of their every need (verses 8–10); He provides for them with a good, long life (verses 11–15); He is with them through troubles and saves them from their enemies (verses 17–22). Those who taste and see that the Lord is good will know His provision. Believers in Jesus experience tastes of God’s goodness and grace when we observe the beauty of His creation or recognize His blessings of provision, protection, and care. We taste and see His goodness when we contemplate His holiness and infinite righteousness. We delight in His goodness when we appreciate the cost of Christ’s sacrifice for our salvation. To taste and see that the Lord is good, we must trust God and seek Him as our sole source of protection and provision. The only way to genuinely taste and see that the Lord is good is to put the matter to the test, to try and experience His goodness for yourself. Shall we Commune with the Lord today—and in eating the bread and drinking the cup—may we be nourished, healed, made whole by the only one in the universe who can do so?

Prayer: Abba Father, when I think of my favorite foods—and I am very hungry—my mouth waters! This morning my mouth & spirit waters for more of you! You are satisfying & nourishing—comforting!

Psalm 63:1 A Psalm of David, when he was in the Wilderness of Judah. O God, You are my God,earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my body yearns for You in a dry and weary land without water. So I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and glory.… So this morning, I come to you in my sanctuary at home & receive YOU in this way, by faith.

Let us pray this Scripture together: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for[a]you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

Lord, Thank you for coming to live in me…..may I honor & bless you today, & all people you bring into my life. You are so good! Amen

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