“Taste and see that the LORD is good” Psalm 34:8
I always smile when I start reading this scripture because my mind immediately is turned to food! I know this is not what the scripture is talking about, but I do enjoy a great juicy steak on occasion, or a tasty cherry vanilla ice cream on a waffle cone. Not often, but a nice hot slice of cheesy pizza, is what I want. Some days I even enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on a slice of fresh bread. Some days I just get a taste for fresh vegetables and fresh fruits.
This summer, watermelon became the favorite. It tasted so sweet, I barely had time to share it. I would eat whole watermelons, all by myself. So of course, my taste buds work pretty well. That was not always the case. After taking chemotherapy a few years ago, I lost my taste for food. I could go long periods of time without eating. I’ve been reminded of that recently as Covid-19 began to hit. People began to complain about losing their taste. As a matter of fact, it became one of the major symptoms that let people know they were sick with the virus.
Once the taste buds began to go, food wasn’t as enjoyable as it used to be. I am very thankful that during my chemo days, I would enjoy hot soup and pickled beets. Something hot or pickled would ‘tickle the taste buds’ and I could enjoy food again.
So back to this passage that tells us to “Taste and see that the LORD is good”. Maybe the writer of the scripture was offering us a little taste test. The kind of taste test where you close your eyes, taste something, and see what the taste buds say.
Is it something that taste sour? Is it something that taste bland? Is it something that taste sweet? Is it something that taste salty? Is it something that taste bitter? It reminds me of that game where you taste the jelly beans and try to guess the flavor. Almost every time you eat jelly beans, a red jelly bean will taste like cherry. A yellow jelly bean will taste like lemon. A green jelly bean will taste like lime. An orange jelly bean, well of course, taste like an orange. And my all time favorite, a black jelly bean, is liquorish flavored. That is the case if you buy a bag of regular jelly beans.
Today, there are other kinds of jelly beans in all sorts of flavors. But most of the time, even though I like the taste, I can barely figure out what flavor I’m eating, and it’s hard for me to pick a favorite.
But what about when you close your eyes and think on the LORD? Sometimes our experiences may have jaded our perspective on the LORD. This passage reads like the ingredients on the back of a jelly bean bag. Ingredients: THE LORD, He is good!
Some of you reading this passage today, have tried the LORD before. You have wonderful experiences that you can tell. You have wonderful stories that you can share. You have times, when your faith was tested, and you passed the test. Share it!
We don’t hear much about the LORD these days. But I bet if you taste… you will see that He is Good! He’s more than peanut butter and jelly. He’s more than a scoop of your favorite ice cream. He’s more than the best steak you have ever put in your mouth. He’s even more than the best slice of pizza. He’s so much more. I know while you’re reading this, you are thinking about some experience where you tasted of the LORD and found Him to be good.
Of course, this passage didn’t come with a warning label. But if I could add just one warning: Don’t spend much time listening to the enemy as he tries to tell you about the LORD. He will spend time trying to make you feel that the LORD deserted you, abandoned you, forgotten you, or he’s angry at you. Don’t believe him. He’s the father of lies.
But THE LORD …. He is GOOD!