This Is The Joyous Cry Of One Whose Prayers Have Been Answered!

“Oh, taste and see…!” This is the joyous cry of one whose prayers have been answered by the Lord. Too have our prayers answered, to be delivered from our fears, truly does taste sweet. This psalm is David’s sincere exclamation of thanksgiving to God for having been delivered from the hands of Abimelek. He has tasted the Lord’s protection. He has come to see the Lord’s love for him. And so he cries out, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.”

As always, David’s prayers are intimately familiar to us. We, too, have known David’s desperation, his need to cry out to the Lord for his help. As God has answered our prayers we, too, have known how blessed it is to take refuge in him. In the ecstatic realization of his love, have we not also cried out in our joy? Because we know that God loves us, that his love is the source of our strength and our salvation, we have learned to fear the loss of that love. This is why David can say, “Fear the Lord,…for those who fear him lack nothing.” (verse 9)

“Taste and see!” Each day, we are trying to grow in our love of God. As our relationship grows more intimate, like David, we too come to, “Taste and see that the Lord is good. The more we learn to take refuge in the Lord, the more we experience the blessings of the Lord’s goodness. We put our faith not in earthly riches, but in God alone. For this reason we lack for nothing that is related to our eternal souls.

Because we have faith in the Lord, we are more and more often moved to do what we can to keep our tongues “free from evil.” We choose to turn away from doing evil, rather, we “seek peace and pursue it.” (verse 13-14)

Lord, in you we place our trust. It is you who protects us in our times of great need. The taste of your goodness is on our tongues as we lift our voices in praise of you goodness. We have seen your goodness all around us. With David we lift up our prayer of thanksgiving, “Taste and see the that the Lord is good!” Amen!

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.
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