“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who trusts in Him.” – Psalm 34:8
There is something special about attending an event where just appetizers are served. Each one is uniquely displayed, a visual treat that promises a special culinary experience. Guests carefully choose the ones that catch their eye, that promise to satisfy. Those who choose to pass by and not taste the treats will never know how good they were or know what they’re missing.
Our Bible verse says in Psalm 34:8 – “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
Our verse tells us to taste. The word taste in Hebrew is “ta’am” which means to perceive – an action word. How silly it would be to put appetizers on our plate and never taste them. When we eat our food we hold it, sample it, chew then swallow it, allowing all the flavors to cross over every taste bud, telling our brains exactly what it is that we are tasting. What if we were to approach our time in the Bible this way, with pleasure and enjoyment?
Our verse tells us to see. The word ‘see’ in Hebrew is “ra’ah”. This word tells us to intently look at, to study. It is not just being an observer; it is actively choosing and learning. Just as no one puts appetizers on their plate to simply look at, our Bible should be studied as something we desperately need.
This verse: “taste and see that the Lord Is good” is an opportunity to know that truth for ourselves. Unless you pick up that appetizer off your plate and taste it, you will never know if it is good. This verse is an invitation to experience Him, to savor Him, to choose Him as we learn to taste and see that the Lord is good. We must know it for ourselves. This entire Psalm 34 tells of God’s goodness to those who take refuge in Him. It says He cares for our every need, He provides us with a good and long life, He is with us in our troubles and He saves us from our enemies. He is provider, protector, sustainer, healer, our peace, our hope, our salvation. The Lord can be trusted with your heartaches and every one of your struggles. He desires that we experience Him fully and that requires action on our part.
The second half of our verse says this: blessed is the one who trusts in Him.
This word ‘trust’ in Hebrew means “to flee for protection; to confide in.” To trust in the Lord means to run to God for protection and to confide in Him. To “trust” means we must place our hearts and every situation into God’s capable plans. He alone is our answer and our protection. Let’s taste and see that the Lord is good. Let’s trust in Him and seek Him for help in all our troubles. Our verse gives us a promise that as we actively look to Him, we can trust Him. That promise is found in the word “blessed.” Strong’s concordance says that the word blessed means “happy”. So this Bible verse actually says:
Taste and see that the Lord is good; Happy is the one who trusts in Him.
This verse tells us that we can trust God for our happiness. When we intentionally taste and savor the Lord’s Word, we will see His goodness in every area of our lives. It will revive our souls, strengthen our faith, and allow us to face our most difficult situations.