“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” Psalm 34:8
Those that know me know that I really enjoy a good meal. When I taste something that’s good, I let whoever is in my presence know about my satisfaction. There are times when it seems that I can’t even contain the audible response, bursting out with an involuntary “mmmm!” at the table. Knowing that many people can relate to this impulse, I can’t help but think of the connections to Psalm 34:8. As I taste and see that God is good, my reaction should, similarly, be one that displays my satisfaction.
When I’m served a delicious plate of food, it’s not enough for me to just be near the plate of food. Smelling, touching, hearing, or looking at the food won’t be enough to know how good it really is. I need to taste for myself. Many of us haven’t felt a deep response to the goodness of God recently, because we haven’t been “tasting” for ourselves what it’s like to know him. Maybe we’ve been near God but not connect to God, ourselves.
If we are being honest, many people tend to lean toward stoicism and seriousness when it comes to matters of God. We mainly focus on all of the things that are yet to be resolved in our lives that produce anxiety, stress, and worry. We think there are so many more things to worry about, rather than celebrate in this life, which might cause us to “hold back” in our worship and praise of God.
Have you ever been at a wedding or a party when the music starts? The dance ﬂoor is empty, and no one seems ready to be the ﬁrst out there. Then, you see some young children make their way out there, smiling and dancing freely as the band plays. They are not bogged down with the cares of the world, or consumed with people’s opinion of their expression. What a beautiful picture of what it should be like in the heart of our worship. There is freedom in the kids unhindered response.
My friend Keas Keasler once said, “The most theologically appropriate response to the resurrection of Jesus is to dance.” Not only do I want to dance physically but I want my heart to dance in response to the truth and reality of the Gospel. Always. I want my instinctive response to the beauty of the Gospel to be one that reﬂects my utter satisfaction. This is a response fueled by gratitude. When my heart is ﬁlled with gratitude and my thoughts are ﬁlled with thankfulness, it produces rest in my life. Before I focus on what I want and need, I am encouraged and grateful for what I have.
Reﬂecting on Psalm 34:8, can you recall a time when you have “tasted and seen” and responded with rejoicing?