December 8, 2019
Just One Taste
O taste and see that the Lord is good. – Psalm 34:8
Have you ever tasted something that you did not like? My family loves pickled pigs’ feet. They once stood around the table saying, “Oh, these are so great!” However, I thought they were terrible! I can also remember well the things that tasted good to me. My sister was an unbelievably good cook, and one day somebody brought fresh peaches by the house. I can still remember sitting there eating my sister’s peach cobbler and thinking, This is the best thing that I’ve ever eaten in my life.
The appearance of some things can be deceitful. The item looks good but it does not necessarily taste good. I have seen beautifully decorated cakes that were as dry as hay. And sometimes the bakery can do all kinds of fancy things with frosting, but it leaves a greasy taste in your mouth. How disappointing!
In our focus verse, we are told to taste the Lord and see that He is good. Just as you cannot always know how something will taste by only looking at it, the Psalmist knew it was necessary to do more than only look at what God offers. Hence he told us to taste the Gospel—to try it out and see if it is truly good.
David wrote these words with confidence because he knew that with just one taste, a person would be a new creature in Christ Jesus. With just one taste, joy would come into the heart—real joy! The joy of this world is so temporary—something goes well and you feel great, and the next day something goes wrong and you are down. But the Psalmist knew that with just one taste of serving the Lord, lasting joy would flood the heart.
Just one taste will also bring deep contentment, and contentment is a scarce commodity in the world that we live in today. Everybody wants a bigger car, a newer house, the latest gadget, and on and on. But those who taste of the Lord are content in their hearts.
I am glad that the Psalmist did not tell us to taste religion, or to taste philosophy. There is a lot of religion and philosophy in the world today, and many people who try to teach those beliefs. But the Psalmist simply said to taste and see that the Lord is good. He is the only One who gives joy, contentment, and all good things.