Psalm 34 (NIV)
Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left. 1 I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. 2 I will glory in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. 3 Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. 6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. 8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. 9 Fear the LORD, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. 10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. 11 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. 12 Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, 13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. 14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. 15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; 16 but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth. 17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. 18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; 20 he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. 21 Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. 22 The LORD will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.
Verse 8 says
Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
We’ve all heard the expression, “try before you buy.” Sometimes it could be a good thing – like buying car. Sometimes it can be a very damaging thing. I’ve heard this expression used to justify the sin of sex before and outside the covenant of marriage – like the oneness and unity and sacredness of sex that only works to the highest potential in the safety of the ‘for life’ commitment of marriage, could be treated like buying a TV; where precious people treated like expendable commodities.
Yet God issues an invitation here that seems too good to be true. Come, taste and see! Come and experience His goodness. Jesus echoes this generous call when He said, “come to me all you who are weary – I’ll give you rest” (see Matthew 11:28).
How do we taste and see? First, start with repentance- which means turning your life toward God. Change your “no” to God into a “yes.” Next, just talk to Him. He is listening (see verse 4). Lastly, open your eyes to His goodness. He will come through for you. He will hear you and answer – again and again and again – as often as you come. Taste and see – He is so good!
God, I’m changing my No into a Yes today. Thanks for the invitation to taste and see – I accept.
Written by Boudy Van Noppen