Psalm 34:8-10 Taste and See God is Good
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. 9 Fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. 10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
David’s key point here is to ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’. What’s he mean? Get in there, experience God. How? Put yourself in his care, take refuge in him. Immerse yourself in his love, listen to his words from scripture, speak with him, thank him for all the good things in life, confide in him, confess your failures, ask him for your needs and expect him to lavish you with love, joy and peace. Experience God. God is relational. So how do we begin to experience God? How do we begin to “Taste and See”? We begin by relating to him.
David says that those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. This reminds us of what Jesus says in Matthew 7 –
9 “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
When I think about my boys, I can’t believe some of the things I endure just to make sure that they get the best deal. Let me give you and example, in the last 5 years, do you know how many times I’ve changed their nappies and ended up with pooh on my hands? Do you know, I’ve done my research and it’s very probably that in my life I won’t get any payback for getting their pooh on my hands in under the nails? But as a father, as flawed and imperfect I am, I still do what’s needed in order to make sure my boys get the best deal. Jesus says
“11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!””
The LORD is good to us, for those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. The promise of the Bible is that if we seek God, we won’t miss out, we’ll have everything good that God thinks we’ll need. Isn’t that an amazing promise? For me, that’s a real comfort and it means that I don’t have to worry; I don’t have to be anxious about anything. But I know that some of you here are going through a really tough time at the moment: perhaps you’re really suffering financially because the way the world’s economy is and you just don’t know how to make ends meet, and others of you may be going through some terrible personal crisis: your health may be failing no matter what you try or which doctor you see; your relationships may be in tatters – lifelong friends may have become acquaintances, families may have drifted away. And sometimes when we’re in trouble, we feel alone and we’re tempted to blame God as if he has let us down by allowing suffering.
Out of all people, David knew what it’s like to be in real trouble. So when he testifies to God’s goodness – he’s actually the real deal. He’s been there, he’s suffered the worst life could throw at him, yet he still praised God. David says in v2:
2 My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Because it’s in times of trouble that we can taste and see God’s goodness the most.