“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” –Psalm 34:8-10
I had the most amazing ramen noodle soup yesterday.
Not the dried noodles in a styrofoam cup with shriveled remnants of carrots, peas, or corn. No, this was the real thing— succulent soft noodles in a rich creamy pork broth. The noodles were submerged under a sliced soft-boiled egg, slices of buttery-rich pork, pink and white fish cakes, spices, and a salty seaweed square. As I slurped up the broth and noodles, I felt like I was in heaven! My taste buds squealed with delight as each new layer of flavor burst in my mouth. This was literally the best soup I have tasted! I can never look at the cheap styrofoam cup “ramen noodle” mixture again without remembering what the “real thing” actually tasted like. There is absolutely no comparison.
The psalmist invites us to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” Sometimes we go along in life, sensing there is something better out there, knowing we were made for more than whatever we find ourselves doing. Life can become tasteless, dull, and boring, much like the cheap ramen soup in a cup. Then one day, the stars seem to align, the light bulb goes on, and we find ourselves in the presence of God, and we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is no cheap imitation, but the real thing! We revel in His presence, soaking up His peace and love, delighting in His kind words to us, and we know that “the Lord is good.”
I enjoyed time with two sisters in Christ yesterday, and during those hours that we talked about how God was working in our lives, I felt the Holy Spirit moving in my soul. I felt my spirit being lifted, joy welling up inside of me, and a calm and assuring presence that the Lord is good to me. The beauty of it is that as we taste the goodness of the Lord, we want more. And the Lord does not withhold it. The psalmist reminds us that when we fear the Lord and take refuge in Him, we lack no good thing. Goodness is poured out upon us!
Taste and see that the Lord is good to you today. Enjoy His presence, soak up His peace, and look for how He brings flavor to your life!
Prayer- “Gracious Lord, sometimes I do not recognize your goodness in my life. Help me to see the good things you do give me, and help me to have a thankful heart for those things. I seek you and seek your goodness, reveal yourself to me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”