Psalm 34:8 - Experience Jesus and Find Fullness of Joy.

Psalm 34:8: Experience Jesus and Find Fullness of Joy.

Psalm 34:8 (KJV) O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed 
is the man that trusteth in him. 

Psalm 34:8 (NLT) Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the 
joys of those who trust in him! 

Psalm 34:8 (TEV) Find out for yourself how good the LORD is. 
Happy are those who find safety with him. 


   Today's Scripture reads, "Taste and see that the Lord is 
good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him." Jonathan Edwards 
drew a parallel between honey and this verse. You might conclude that 
honey is honey because it's golden, has a certain viscosity, or has 
bits of honeycomb in it. Or  just put a drop on your tongue! Truly 
knowing honey is to taste that it is sweet, delicious, and delightful. 
There's nothing quite like it. 
   The same can be said about our knowledge of God. We can 
conclude that God is God because we've read facts or heard sermons about 
Him. But even the devil knows the facts about God! We must taste and 
see that the Lord is good, sweet, and delightful. How do we do that? 
The psalmist wrote, "Blessed is the one who takes refuge in him." 
Crowd in close to Him. Open your heart to Him. Call on Him often. 
Linger in His Words. Lean on His strength. 
   Lord, Your Word is sweeter than honey, and I find You utterly 
delightful. Awaken my heart even more to Your beauty and splendor. And show 
me what it means to really take refuge in You today. To hide myself 
in You, to quiet my heart in Your presence, even in the midst of so 
much busyness and activity. [A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson 
Tada and Larry Libby] 


   When you make your way into a kitchen and catch the aroma of 
chocolate chip cookies in the oven, you want to linger, don't you? You can 
easily imagine how one of those cookies, still warm with melty 
chocolate chips, will taste with a glass of cold milk. Or picture this: 
You're walking by a west-facing window and catch a glimpse of a sunset 
so bright and so vivid in its bands of colors that you hurry out 
the door to take it all in. That's the way it can be in our walk 
with Christ. We're reading in the Psalms and catch just a tiny whiff 
of His fragrance. And we want more! We've set aside a few minutes 
to get alone with Him in prayer, and we see a tiny glimpse - hardly 
a flash - of His glory. And our heart hungers to see more. The 
more we see of Him, the more we desire Him.  
   Holy Spirit, I know this is Your work. You whet my appetite 
to be with the Father. You grant me a tiny taste of heaven on the 
tip of my tongue and awaken my longing to experience more. You bring 
me into a moment of companionship with God's Son, and I want it to 
last all day. [A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada and Larry 

   A restaurant owner at the food court in the local mall is 
aggressive in his tactics. He offers a sample not only to those who walk by 
his counter; he waves and shouts loudly at those passing by on the 
other side of the dining area. He takes eye contact, even from a 
hundred feet away, as a commitment to try his food. He wants everyone to 
taste it because he believes it's the best around.  
   David urges his readers to taste and see that the Lord is 
good. In other words, "try Him out." That may seem a little too 
transactional for our spiritual sensibilities, but it's nonetheless biblical. 
God Himself, through the prophet Malachi, issued a similar 
invitation centuries later: "Test me in this," He said about tithing, "and 
see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out 
so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it" 
(Malachi 3:10, NIV). He wants His promises to be tried and tested. He 
wants His Presence to be tasted. He wants to be sampled because He 
knows He's the best around.  
   There are times in our relationship with Him when we wonder 
if He's ever going to come through for us, when our current 
circumstances contradict our hopes for the future, when the tension between 
our desires and our experience is almost too much to bear. In those 
times, we can hear Him say, "Do you trust Me?" And if we can take a 
deep breath, let go of our intensity, and say yes, we will find Him 
to be trustworthy. That's the promise. If we can take a heartfelt 
step and cast ourselves completely on Him, we will find joy. Those 
who taste will experience the best there is.  
   Lord, I cast myself on You - completely. I let go of my 
anxieties and agendas and say yes to trusting You. Let me taste and see 
the depth of Your goodness. [The One Year Experiencing Gods 
Presence Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 


Taste and see that I am good. This command contains an 
invitation to experience My living Presence. It also contains a promise. 
The more you experience Me, the more convinced you become of My 
goodness. This knowledge is essential to your faith-walk. When adversities 
strike, the human instinct is to doubt My goodness. My ways are 
mysterious, even to those who know Me intimately. As the heavens are higher 
than the earth, so are My ways and thoughts higher than your ways and 
thoughts. Do not try to fathom My ways. Instead, spend time enjoying Me 
and experiencing My goodness. (Psa. 34:8; Isa. 55:8, 9) [Jesus 
Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Taste and see that I am good. The more intimately you 
experience Me, the more convinced you become of My goodness. I am the 
Living One who sees you and longs to participate in your life. I am 
training you to find Me in each moment and to be a channel of My loving 
Presence. Sometimes My blessings come to you in mysterious ways: through 
pain and trouble. At such limes you can know My goodness only through 
your trust in Me. Understanding will fail you, but trust will keep 
you close to Me.   
   Thank Me for the gift of My Peace, a gift of such immense 
proportions that you cannot fathom its depth or breadth. When I appeared to 
My disciples after the resurrection, it was Peace that I 
communicated first of all. I knew this was their deepest need: to calm their 
fears and clear their minds. I also speak Peace to you, for I know 
your anxious thoughts. Listen to Me! Tune out other voices, so that 
you can hear Me more clearly. I designed you to dwell in Peace all 
day, every day. Draw near to Me; receive My Peace. (Psa. 34:8; Gen. 
16:13, 14; John 20:19; Col. 3:15) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 






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