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O taste and see that the Lord is good... Psalm 34:8

     As we pursue God with our whole heart, over and over again we will discover many of the wonderful ways that the Lord delivers His servants from their afflictions and saves them from the hands of their enemies.  It was for this reason that Psalm 34 (the psalmist David's great song of joy and rejoicing) rang out with the words, "O taste and see that the Lord is good. How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him."  It’s one thing to say that the Lord is good, just like saying that an apple/orange is good without ever tasting one.  But David is wanting us to go beyond that and actually experience the Lord’s goodness in our lives.

    “Taste” indicates we must reach out to God in faith.  You can know, theoretically, that a great cook can prepare a wonderful meal for you.  But until you actually sink my teeth into the food, you won’t experience what a great cook he/she is and what a nourishing meal he/she has prepared for your benefit. 

    The expression "taste and see that the LORD is good" combines several ideas. To "taste" means something more than a fleeting relationship.  It means to feed on the Lord to accept His truth deep into one's self (John 6:53) which involves reading the written Word of God voraciously and mulling over it as part of our discipleship.  To truly know God, we need to absorb His message as if we were eating it (Revelation 10:2–10).

When the Lord commissioned Joshua to lead the Hebrews into Canaan, He instructed him to meditate day and night on His Word (Joshua 1:8).  Here's a breakdown of that scripture:


                   In other words:

                                        Information + Meditation + Application  of God's Word

                                   will make you a "Success in Life".

     Everyone who seriously studies and applies God's Word learns firsthand that the Lord is good, and he also finds the Lord is an available and reliable stronghold.  Further, the person who tastes and sees that the Lord is good finds blessing: true happiness.   Jesus promised: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied" (Matthew 5:6)

     This book of the law [information] shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate [meditation] therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do [application] according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

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