Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him!
– Psalm 34:8
You cannot know of the goodness of the Lord unless you taste for yourself. Don’t hold back, try Him, go to Him with an open heart, learn all about Him, and listen to what He has to say. He is the author of all good. He is essentially, infinitely, perfectly, unchangeably, and exclusively good in Himself.
The Father is good; He has good plans for us, His people; He provided good things for us, made good promises to us, and bestows good gifts on us. The Son is good; the Good Shepherd who has laid down His life for His sheep; He is the fountain of all grace and goodness; He so lovingly undertook the good work of redemption; and He speaks a good word on our behalf in the Courts of Heaven. The Spirit is good; His consolation uplifts us and works good things in our hearts; He counsels goodness; and He reveals good things to us.
If we welcome the Lord, our God, into our life, we will then truly taste and discern how good He is. If we are stubborn and unrepentant, our taste is impaired and we will remain unchanged, preferring the taste of our selfish pleasures.
How sweet Your words taste to me, O Lord,
they are sweeter than honey.
How nourishing, how refreshing are Your words, O Lord!
How good is Your love, O Lord,
in You I find shelter and joy.
You are just in all Your ways and loving in all Your deeds.
Lord, now that I have found You and tasted Your goodness,
I know that I will never be the same.
I pray, O Lord, my Joy,
that with the help of Your loving grace, I shall never let You go.