Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
(Psalms 34:8a (NIV))
Have you ever asked yourself why this passage uses the word taste?
Think about the process of tasting and eating and drinking. We slowly put something into our physical body via our mouth to see if we will like it and if it will be good for us. In essence, we are taking something that is foreign to our bodies and putting it inside of us. It becomes a part of us! We become intimately familiar with what we are tasting.
Ever since the fall from grace, God’s goodness has been foreign to our spiritual being. Due to our sinful nature, we are not sure what to do with what is good and pure. We sample, or taste, just as we do with physical food and drink to see if it is good. We taste of the Lord and find that His love and mercy is sweet and very good for our lives. We ingest bits of His Word and find that it is very palatable and we soon find ourselves wanting more. Just like physical food that tastes good, we find ourselves feeding on the Word of God and we find that it becomes integral to our lives. The more we taste, the more we want.
David wrote much about the goodness of the Lord. He understood it. He longed for it. He never wanted it to end.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
(Psalms 23:6 (NIV))
David had gotten a taste of the goodness of the Lord. As a result, he followed the Lord all the days of His life.
Have you gotten a taste of the Lord’s goodness?