Psalm 34: 8 says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.” This Sunday in worship, we discussed how we can use our sense of taste to experience God’s goodness. We do this when we receive Holy Communion, when we enjoy a dinner with our family or church friends, when we thank God for the food we have, or when we give food to those who are hungry. We also talked about how this verse reminds us we must experience God for ourselves. We must give God a chance, take a leap of faith, taste and see! When we come to know God personally, we learn just how good he is.
One of my favorite worship songs called “Holy Spirit” begins with the lyrics: “I’ve tasted and seen the sweetest of loves when my heart becomes free and my shame is undone.” These lyrics are proclaiming that they have experienced God for themselves. And what is the result from knowing God? Love and freedom abound and shame is no more! I don’t know about you, but I have tasted and seen that the Lord is good. There has been time after time again in my life when God has been good to me. He has loved me with an everlasting love. He has picked me up from a pit of depression. He has walked with me through the valley of death. He has freed me from shame and given me hope. He has given me a reason to sing even in the darkest of days. I have truly tasted and seen!
Reflect on how you have tasted and seen that the Lord is good. And if you don’t think you have, I encourage you to give God a try. Taste it out for yourself. When you open your eyes to God’s presence all around you, you’ll be surprised at how your life will change. Your outlook on life will change, your attitude will change, your relationships will change… because once you’ve tasted and seen that the Lord is good, that becomes enough for you. You may be lacking, you may be experiencing hardship, you may be facing a battle, but you’re alright because you know God is good. Man, that changes everything. God is good. And God is enough. Thank you, Jesus.