“Taste and see that the LORD is good.” (Psalm 34:8)
Sometimes a person can get in their own way. A person can be so intelligent and live in the realm of deep thought and observation that they are absent minded when it comes to the ordinary. G.K. Chesterton was a brilliant journalist and a devoted Christian. He excelled with the paradoxical. He was a man that loved to write and to inform so he wrote and informed. The public considerered him to be a great and gifted intellect of their time. However, when he would got out he would often times send a telegram to his wife asking her where he was suppose to be going. It was so that she would pin his destination upon his great big coat. Some might say, “He was so Heavenly minded that he was of no earthly good.”
We have observed that Bible readers can be much the same. The reader may read a passage and wonder to themselves, “What does this mean?” We might at times look for a deeper meaning when their is none. We may try and interpret the Scripture as code or seek the double meaning in the Words of Holy Writ. “When I am weak then I am strong.” What deep and mysterious truth is held in that declaration? There is nothing deep or mysterious in Paul’s declaration. Paul means exactly what he wrote. When Paul is weakened in the flesh, when he has been worn out, when he is physically and mentally exhausted the Spirit of God strengthens him. The Lord said to His inner circle of (3) three, “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” Our ensouled living & spirit encourages us to “Faint not.” A preacher i know says, “Keep on keeping on.” God tells us to, ” Go forth and…” Much of Scripture is to be taken at face value. Scripture means what He says.
Psalm 34:8 says to you and me, “O’ taste and see that the LORD is good.” What doth that mean? I know that this verse has a deeper meaning AND a practical meaning. (DV), We will focus on the practical. We will see (DV) that practical becomes spiritual.
O’ Taste and see that the LORD is good.” When you sit down for a meal, the expectation of taste is present. That taste should and could cause you to know that God is good. We eat to live, it is a staple of life. The enjoyment of taste, however, is an extra, “It is only goodness that gives extras,” said Sherlock Holmes.
Holmes goes on, “There is nothing in which deduction is so necessary as in religion, It can be built to an exact science by the reasoner. Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence [God] seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But the rose is an extra. it’s smell and it’s colour are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.” [Side note: Our greatest assurance is the Indwelling Holy Spirit of God in Christ.]
Taste is necessary to discern what is good and healthy or bad and toxic. Taste is also an extra. The Creator, our Maker could have omitted the pleasure of taste in His creation. Eating foods could have been tasteless. Eating could have been simply a staple of life and no more. Eating could have been a necessity only. In the wild, one does not see or hear the animals preferring one prey over another. The animals eat to live; it is a necessity of life. …..BUT we can enjoy and find great pleasure in our food. Therefore, when thou sitteth down to feed, think upon the goodness of God. Eat sloooowwwwwllllyyyy and be enraptured, and be engrossed by the Greatness and the Goodness of God.