Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 3, 2016

“O taste and see that the Lord is good”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm 34:8-10.

“8 O taste and see that the Lord is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
9 O fear the Lord, you His saints;
For to those who fear Him there is no want.
10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.”   Psalm 34:8-10.

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Other doctrine seeks to learn about man and man’s qualities.

But, Reformed Doctrine seeks to learn about the LORD and His qualities.

Today’s Scripture leads us to seek to learn about the LORD’s goodness.

How do we learn about the LORD’s goodness?

We taste and see the good things that the LORD provides for us, His people.

What are some of those good things?

First, although it is not most important, the phrases “O taste and see” in verse 6 and “hunger” in verse 10 leads us to first consider what our five senses (taste, sight, hearing, smell and touch) consider to be good.  

Good food and drink are some of the good things.  They are good to the taste.  “The Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain;  A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, And refined, aged wine.”  Isaiah 25:6.  If the Lord describes heaven in terms of the food and drink that He will provide to us, then we can consider those good things.

(At this point, we should interject that just because good food and drink can lead to gluttony and drunkedness for the wicked, it does not mean that good food and drink are not good things in moderation for the righteous.)

Sunsets, a full moon, mountains, lakes, forests, flowers, animals, and certainly men and women are all beautiful parts of God’s creation.  “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. …”  Genesis 1:31.  They are good things.  They are good to the sight.

Music, birds singing, brooks babbling, babies babbling, and the southern drawl (speech) of my wife are good things.  They are good to hearing.

Fresh baked bread, a baby’s skin, roses, coffee in the morning, bacon sizzling, and steaks grilling are good things.  They are good to smell.  “The Lord smelled the soothing aroma;  and the Lord said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth;  and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.”  Genesis 8:21.

Soft bed, soft grass, my dog’s ears, and hot showers are good things.  They are good to touch.

Second. there are also good things for our emotions.  Laughter, puppies, hug, kiss, dance, words of kindness and wisdom, and the thrill of the rollercoaster come to mind.

Third and most importantly, there are also good things spiritually.  All of the fruit of the Spirit are good things:  “… the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control …”  Galatians 5:22-23.

So, you who seek the Lord, enjoy these good things and so many other good things that the good Lord provides to you.  “O taste and see that the Lord is good”.  Verse 8.  Think of the goodness of the Lord Who provided these good things to you.  You will not be in want of any good thing.  Verse 10.

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