Have you ever tried to convince a child to “just taste it!” We know that if they would just taste the food with an open mind, they might actually like it. They would see that it is as good as Mom and Dad say it is.
However, if you can even get them to agree to taste it, usually they have already made up their minds to hate it and barely let it touch their tongue. Which only means their taste buds haven’t even been engaged.
“I don’t like it!” they blurt out as they spit the food onto their plate.
Satisfied that they ‘tried’ it, they figure they have won.
But we know that chicken nuggets, French fries and ketchup cannot be a staple continually. Vegetables, fruits, nuts and grains, and some dairy need to enter and take up residence in their diet for them to grow strong bones, muscles, teeth and well-developed brains.
We have just one body to live in on this earth and it is important that we take good care of it. And it is just as important to take care of our souls so that what goes into our minds and hearts is wholesome and pure.
Then what comes out will bless not harm.
Psalm 34 encourages us to depend on the Lord and look to Him for our needs to be met. Verse 4 says, “I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fear.”
Imagine a life free of fear…that paralyzing emotion that saps our joy and strength?
Then it continues in verse 5 to say, “Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy.”
Wouldn’t you like others to see a radiance of God’s joy shining from your being? Having a countenance that is inviting, welcoming and accepting?
How can we experience these things? First, we must come to God believing that He exists is and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him as it says in Hebrews 11:6.
Once we do that and receive Him into our lives, the invitation is extended.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Fear the Lord, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need. Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.”
Didn’t we just read that God would free us from fear? And here it is saying that we are to fear God. But these are two different kinds of fear.
Fear of God is recognizing His sovereignty and His power. It is acknowledging that God is who He says He is and that we are to be reverent in His presence. He holds the world in His hands and sustains us and gives us our next breath.
Therefore, that kind of fear is good because it draws us to God.
He says in the verses that follow, “Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the Lord.”
Being His child is what makes all the difference.
When I was a child, I didn’t fear my Dad because He never hurt me. But I didn’t want to displease him either. If I hadn’t done something I should or did something I shouldn’t have, I ‘feared’ his reaction because I wanted to please him. I didn’t want him to be disappointed in me.
Once when I had just learned to drive and Dad had lent me the car to go to choir practice in the next town, I accidentally got the bumper caught on another car when parking. I was so upset. Through tears and sniffles, I stopped by to see my Uncle who pastored our church.
“Please call Dad,” I cried “and prepare him.”
When I got home, I went right to him feeling I deserved for him to be upset.
Instead, he asked, “Were you hurt or anyone else?” “No,” I replied. “Then don’t worry about it,” he said. “The car can be fixed.”
That mercy and forgiveness is what our God offers as we reverently ‘fear’ Him. We are always welcomed back into His arms.
So… “Taste and see.” The Lord truly is good! Selah