It’s all in the tasting

Taste and see that the Lord is good.  Psalm 34:8

The invitation is to come and discover that God is pleasing and satisfying to taste in all circumstances of life.

David, the author of this Psalm, had discovered in the events of his own life that God was good. He was eager for others to learn it too. The Psalm relates that David was in a tight spot and he was afraid. He called out to God for help. The story behind this Psalm is told in 1 Samuel 21:10-22:1. David was on the run and ended up among the Philistines, Israel’s enemy. David realized that if he was recognized as Israel’s esteemed warrior and next king his life could be in great danger. He feigned madness to enable escape. David could have taken credit for his astute assessment of the situation and clever tactic to escape but Psalm 34 tells us that David acknowledged that it was God who saved him. Psalm 34:4-7 Consequently, he proclaimed God’s goodness.

Trusting in God can sometimes be difficult. We wonder whether we can really trust God with the events of our lives? When bad things happen, we ask where is the God who is good? We think a more dependable decision is to have confidence in our own ability to manage our own life. And when things go well, we often give credit to ourselves or other people, rather than to God.

The book of Proverbs says it is wise to put trust in God. To trust in one’s self, other people or wealth is foolishness. Proverbs 3:5, 11:28, 23:4, 28:26. Psalm 34 reminds us that those who turn to God enjoy his goodness. They are the continual focus of God’s attention. He sees the circumstances of their lives. He hears their cries. He is close when their hearts are broken. They enjoy God’s security and protection. Psalm 34:15-20.

The secret to knowing God’s goodness is in the tasting. It’s not until we taste – when we decide to turn and trust in God – that we discover his goodness. The apostle Paul writes in a letter to the Philippians that when he tasted of God he discovered the secret of living in every type of situation and all different circumstances. Philippians 4:12-13

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