from Lynda Lindsey
I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. Psalm 34:7-8
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. Psalm 34:17
A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19
Much of Psalm 34 is devoted to God’s goodness, deliverance, and redemptive acts toward those who love, seek after and call upon God. Are we afraid? Troubled? In need of refuge? Brokenhearted? Dispirited? The Psalmist tells us to listen, learn, and be taught of the Lord. Look to the Lord, just as the Israelites before David’s time looked at the bronze serpent on the pole and lived. Praise figures prominently; we are to extol the Lord always and at all times. To boast in the Lord and in His goodness. To exalt and lift up God’s name together.
The invitation to taste and see the Lord’s goodness can be likened to the anticipation of a holiday meal after several days of preparation. First the menu was decided, ingredients procured and food prepped. Finally tantalizing aromas drift from the kitchen. Taste tests are conducted: Does the stuffing need more sage? Is the gravy salty enough? At long last the blessing is said, food is served, and as guests savor the flavors of each dish, a chorus of delight is heard around the table.
Although we can eat alone we usually think of a holiday meal as a communal event. Just so, we can worship alone, but our worship, especially in times of distress or fear, is heightened as we worship in community with other believers. To taste and see the Lord’s goodness is to savor and delight in each kindness He bestows. To taste and see the Lord’s goodness is to learn that He always provides, and what He provides is enough. God, our deliverer, sets us free, both here on this earth, and forever in eternity. God is everything we need for life and health. He is all we need; and He is enough. Taste and see.