Knowing God’s Goodness
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. —Psalm 34:8-10
You might not think it now, but if you’re one of God’s children, you’re going to figure out by the end of your life—God is good. Before your last day, “God is good,” will come from your lips. I don’t know what He’s going to have to take you through to get you to that place, but eventually your value system will be set up in such a way that you say, “The Lord does all things well—and good!” Everything that He allowed, everything He withheld, every difficult season, every stretching circumstance, He meant for good. His disposition is kindness. His default action is for your benefit. He’s good! You can know His goodness as certainly as you can taste and savor your favorite food.
Psalm 34:8 invites us to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” The sequence of the phrase makes tasting the action and seeing the result. God is saying, Engage all your senses and you will discover, among other things, My goodness. Here, tasting and seeing are used to help us understand just how “up close and personal” God’s goodness can be experienced. In the immediate context, there are three other parallel expressions that illustrate how you can “taste and see that the Lord is good.” They are: 1) take “refuge in him” and be “blessed”; 2) “fear the Lord and have no lack”; 3) “seek the Lord and lack no good thing.”
Taking refuge, fearing the Lord, and seeking Him are three ways of tasting. The closer we engage with God, the more we can know His goodness.
I’m a big-time taster. I like to sample. If I’m ever around your food, guard your plate. To me, friends share food; that’s intimacy. What’s mine is yours; what’s yours is mine. People who are territorial about the food on their plates sometimes get a little leery when I show up. But the good news is that God is totally on that program. He urges, “Taste! Sample and see. Find out for yourself that I am good.” God’s goodness is what He wants us to experience. He offers Himself to us!
Psalm 100:5 says, “For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Every generation learns the truth—God’s goodness is something He wants us to experience. It flows to us as steadfast love and faithfulness and is present in everything He does.
Psalm 145:9 says, “The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.” I haven’t found God to be quick to answer questions like, “Why did You allow this, God?” or “Why is this happening in my life?” But I do believe His mercy and His kindness is over all that He has made. Those willing to keep tasting are the ones who keep finding His goodness.
Even God’s timetable is good, but we may only see this after events have transpired. Our prayer must be, Father, I’m waiting for You because I’ve tasted and know You are good in what You do and in when You do it!
· When did you last taste to see that the Lord is good?
· Based on this passage, was that tasting most like taking refuge, fearing the Lord, or seeking Him? What were the results?
Lord, as I go about my day today, You spread a feast before me to be tasted. You want me to discover once again that You are good. Make me mindful of those opportunities to take refuge in You, to fear You, and to seek You. Show me how to make this day all about You, not about me. Open my eyes that I may see not only Your faithfulness and mercy but also that Your goodness is new every morning. In Jesus’ name, amen.