TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD!
By Rev. Dr. Teresa Allissa Citro
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”
King David is the author of this chapter. To better understand just how powerful this verse is allow me to explain, please. This beautiful chapter holds great meaning when we realize that it recounts the terrible situation that David found himself in as told in 1 Samuel 21:10-15. David was not king yet. He was on the run from King Saul who’s trying to murder him. In addition, David concocted an idea to keep himself from being recognized. He pretended to be insane.
King David hands down knew exactly who God was. You see, he had tasted of the goodness of the Lord. He knew without a doubt that God would take care of him, even as King Saul was out for his blood. David was going to see the goodness of the Lord in the midst of this terrible and scary time of his life.
He knew who God was. Therefore, he was expressing himself by using the word "taste." Let’s talk about the meaning of this word. Taste is the ability we have to tell the difference of flavors in our mouths. For example, sweet, sour, hot, salty, or bitter. It’s our sense of taste that's the ability to tell the difference. That’s really the key thing.
However, the word taste in the original Hebrew translation is much more deeper. It means more than just what you taste with your taste buds. Rather, it’s all about perceiving, discerning, recognizing, and observing.
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