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“Taste and see that the Lord is good!”
Following my 2nd year in college, I spent the summer in China studying and teaching English. As anyone in a foreign country will tell you, the food can be quite an adventure—especially in China when they enjoy snacking on the ever delectable “feet of the chicken” for a snack in between classes. In my attempt to fully embrace the culture, when it came to food, my motto became “never ask questions and always have a taste.” Perhaps because I’ve yet to meet many foods I don’t enjoy, typically after I had a taste, I always went back for more.
There are many foods I was initially skeptical of, but upon tasting, have become some of my favorite staples–sushi, sweet potatoes, eggs benedict, baba ganoush, oysters, and brussels sprouts to name just a few. Now, I can’t imagine my life without them.
In Psalm 34 referenced above, David is praising the Lord and telling of the incredible things God has done for him—he answered him, delivered him of fears, listened to his cries, and saved him. He goes on to say in verse 7, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
I love the way David offers a tangible challenge—try it for yourself. See if it’s real. He doesn’t offer an abstract solution, he just says, have a taste and see for yourself!
The Psalm continues, “blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his saints. For those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”
And the beautiful thing about having a taste, is that we begin to see our souls quenched and satisfied in incredible and inexplicable ways. Even a little taste leaves us wanting more.
“He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
“God – you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you!”
Psalm 63:1 (The Message)