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
David rejoices in and magnifies the LORD in Psalm 34, for he has been delivered out of a very dangerous situation during his wilderness years of running from King Saul. David learned by experience that God is good and does good, so he teaches Israel to “taste and see” God, a personal experience that David say is necessary to truly know something. In this case, they are commanded to experience the LORD like this and find Him absolutely good.
It’s so easy to not see the goodness of the Lord when life gets tough, isn’t it? Over the past year it seems that people either prophesy doom about the economy or pretend that everything’s ok when things don’t seem ok. People are having a difficult time, and you may be too.
Take comfort in that word “refuge” in verse 8. I can imagine David running from Saul and hiding in the refuge of a cave until the danger passed by. With even greater certainty of protection, we can run to the Lord whenever difficulties come. Honestly, that’s the step of faith, that even when times are tough, we cling to the Lord and “fear” or worship Him with reverence and awe.
When the Apostle Peter quoted this Psalm in 1 Peter 2:3, he taught us that Jesus is the Lord we must taste and see. As we “taste and see” Jesus day by day, we experience His goodness more and more. He is our Refuge, our Provider, our Lord, and the Giver of every good thing.
Those who fear the LORD lack no good thing.
In what areas are you tempted to fear something or someone other than the Lord?
What are some of the good things the Lord Jesus has lovingly given to you?
How are you investing and using those things to show the goodness of your Lord?