Today’s reading is Psalm 34.
The editors of my Crossway ESV Bible take their title and heading for this psalm from vs. 8: “Taste and see that the Lord is good!”
David’s call to his readers is quite simply this: put the Lord to the test. Let Him make His famous pudding for you and then sit down at the table to eat it. You’ll be amazed.
Of course, the one struggle with this is that sometimes the eating process of the Lord’s pudding is a little bitter. After all, even David doesn’t claim the Lord’s people avoid affliction. Rather, “many are the afflictions of the righteous.” However, the Lord delivers the righteous from the affliction. Affliction slays the wicked.
“How do I taste and see that the Lord is good?” I’m glad you asked.
Almost every other time this idea of “tasting” comes up, it is connected to the Word. In both Job 12:11 and 34:3, the comparison is made between the palate tasting food and the ear testing words. In Hebrews 6:5, those who have tasted the heavenly gift and shared in the Holy Spirit have tasted the goodness of the word of God. Finally, in 1 Peter 2:2-3, we are to be like newborn infants longing for the pure milk of the word because we have tasted that the Lord is good. In other words, if you want to taste the goodness of the Lord, the process is simple. Do what He says.
How about today, we make it our goal to just do what the Lord says? How about we make it our goal to taste and see the Lord is good?
Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 34.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, do you remember how Psalm 23 started? “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” We are right back to that in Psalm 34.
What a turn about. You’d think young lions, the kings of the jungle, would have no problem tracking down, hunting, and killing anything they wanted. In fact, you kind of expect them to feed on sheep as much as they desire. But that isn’t how it works when the Lord is the Shepherd. When we take refuge in the Lord, the lions starve and the sheep thrive.
Praise the Lord! It is better to be one of the King’s sheep than one of the jungle’s kings. Which one are you trying to be?