Fresh Hope – 16th January 2020

‘Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him’ (Psalm 34:8). 

When David invites the reader of this Psalm to see that God is good, using language like ‘taste and see’, we can learn several things: 

1. Tasting and seeing are experiential, not intellectual. Relationship with God isn’t always rational or intellectual, it is something that is to be interacted with and experienced. The goodness of God isn’t just an idea. It is something for us to experience.

 2. Tasting is a test. David invites us to call God out on His word. If God promises us that He is good, let’s put it to the test and see that He is good. Let’s test taste, and expect His goodness. 

3. When we taste something it is a sample of something more. When we experience the goodness of God, it is only a taste of something more. We have only had a sample of all there is to Him and His goodness. 

4. Tasting and seeing are personal experiences. I cannot taste for you, and you cannot taste for me. You cannot see for me, and I cannot see for you. David has called us to have a personal experience of the goodness of God in our lives, not just see others experience the goodness of others. He has something for you that only you can taste. 

Emma Burchell

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