Sunday, September 18, 2011

Daily Word: O’ Taste and See!!

Psalms  34:8
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
All of us are familiar with the five basic senses: sight, touch, hearing, taste, and smell.  These five senses allow us to make countless observations, such as whether an object is read or whether something is soft or rough.  This verse talks about two senses in particular, taste and sight. Sight is the ability to see with your eyes. It gives you the ability to determine if something is appealing or poses a danger.  Just imagine seeing a brand new car, a new pair of shoes, or a good looking man or women.  Taste gives you the ability to determine if something is pleasing to the palette or has the right flavor.  If it is pleasing to the soul we will enjoy it and come back for more. 
The writer of this Psalm says “O taste and see that the Lord is good.” Doesn’t it feel great when the Lord blesses you day after day?  Doesn’t it make you feel good inside?  When you’ve been blessed you just want to run and tell somebody.  Think of some of the good things that God has blessed you with and how it made you feel great and warm and bubbly inside.  Well, your ability to taste allows you to reap the benefits of a blessing and, in turn, feel good about yourself and others.  When you can see what the Lord has done for you then you can bear witness to the fact that the Lord is good.    
Have you ever wondered how you received these blessings that you may not have asked God for directly?  Well, Jesus said the Father knows the things we have need of before we ask. And God blesses us through people, so the next time you receive an unexpected blessing you can say that you’ve tasted and see that the LORD is GOOD, which is to say you’ve observed it first-hand. 
Once you have verified something for yourself, it is easy for you to believe in it. Once you have bear witness to something, no one else has to convince you that it is true. The same goes for God’s goodness. Once you recognize for yourself that God is good, you can trust in that goodness. Trust means to believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of something or someone.  When you trust in God you know that everything will be alright because God is the orchestrator of your life.  That does not mean that things will always go the way you want them to go, but you will be better prepared to deal with them. The Psalmist confirms in Psalm 118:8, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”
If you have witnessed God’s goodness in your life, and if you have realized how he brought you through, then you can encourage someone else to “taste and see." ~ Lady A

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