Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Every time I hear this psalm, I think of the Paul Baloche song that we used to sing in Praise Band, “Taste and See”
Taste and see, the Lord is good
Good to those who hunger after him
Drink and be filled, from the living well
And never thirst again
Jesus is the bread of life
Broken and poured out for us
And because of his great sacrifice
We can know the father’s love
Reading this verse give me a childlike sense of God. It’s like when The Baby says grace, “Thank you, I love you, Amen.” It is just full of joy and wonder–look around and see how everything is good. Taste the food, drink–everything before us is by his hand. Blessed is he who looks to God.
The interesting thing I learned about this psalm is that it is an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The Boy had to write an acrostic poem in 5th grade and let me tell you, I have new respect for David!
Mary Matthews writes:
Psalm 34 is an acrostic, teaching psalm; its mixture of praise and wisdom instruction told the children of the Exiles that God is a God who releases, who rescues, who hears prayers, who smiles on the righteous, who protects from all danger, and who ransoms those in bondage. Its message is a message of hope that speaks to the alienated and the lonely in all times: God loves us down to our very bone marrow, no matter what. Who could not love a God so good?
She also wrote a modern version of the psalm here if you are interested.