“O taste and see that the LORD is good.” 

(Psalm 34:8)

Some time ago, as I drove to church for the Sunday evening service, I was meditating upon the goodness of God. When I arrived at the church, I did a quick search using my phone and discovered that the phrase “the Lord is good” is found exactly seven times in the Word of God. Seven is the number of completion or perfection, and our wonderful God is both completely and wonderfully good.

In this verse, the psalmist reminds us of the Excellent Savor of His Goodness. He issues an invitation to “taste and see.” The best way to discover if food is good is to give it the taste test. Try it and see what it’s like. That’s what David is saying in this passage. Why not try the Lord and experience His goodness?

Along with the psalmist may I invite you to “taste and see” the Goodness of His Word (Jeremiah 15:16; Psalm 119:103). I urge you to “taste and see” the Goodness of His Work (Psalm 86:5; Hebrews 2:9). And I encourage you to “taste and see” the Goodness of His Will (Romans 12:1-2).

As my mother used to say to me when trying to get me to try new food, “Try it, you’ll like it.”

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Craig Burcham, GSBC Faculty

Bro. Burcham served as the Chairman of the Bible Department at Golden State Baptist College before answering the call to pastor the Mountain Vista Baptist Church in Sierra Vista, AZ. Pastor Burcham travels each week to teach the next generation at GSBC. Before coming to GSBC, he served as a missionary with his family in Japan for several years and then pastored in Missouri.