Psalm 34:8. Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
I am not one to experiment with new foods. So, it took my wife to convince me to try mangos. This was in Tanzania where mangos were plentiful and peaches, one of my favourite fruits did not grow. “Try it, you’ll like it,” was the advice I was given. Turns out I love mangos.
Try it you’ll like it; that’s what David is urging us to do. He is inviting us to experience what he has discovered: the goodness of God’s salvation. David is celebrating that God has rescued him from his fears and troubles.
Psalm 34 is a song of gratitude we can all sing when God brings us out of a “close call” situation. But David’s joy is only a foretaste of the complete and future redemption God will bring to all who trust in him, to all whom God will redeem through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
God promises great blessings to his people. God will deliver, guard, supply, listen, and redeem all who trust in his power to save. God himself also gives us the ability to believe and trust in him. And in response we seek to honor him in all things, speak truthfully, seek peace and justice, and humbly serve our God.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” This psalm is an invitation to take God at his word, to trust in the Lord and experience his goodness firsthand, to know God personally, realizing that he loves us more than we can imagine. The invitation is ours to receive, but it is also ours to give. What opportunities has God given us to share his invitation with others? Whom would God ask us to include in his rescue and deliverance?
Jesus, you are the bread of life, you are living water and your salvation is sweet like honey. Thank you for your invitation to “Taste & See!” Amen.