O, Taste and see that the Lord, he is good. Psalm 34:8
When I see the word taste, my mouth begins to water as I recall my favorites. Chicken enchilada salad, chili with cheddar cheese and sour cream, lasagna, salad with pickled beets and feta cheese, cottage cheese with a few slices of tomato topped with salt and pepper…
I could go on. Really, that’s only the beginning but I’ll spare you.
Obviously this passage is not talking about those things, although I do believe God does want us to recognize His goodness through His provision. Most definitely a starving child is going to taste and see that the Lord is good when they are given a meal. I would never want to discount that.
But this morning, as I was studying and writing my book (Whoohoo! Celebrate with me, it’s almost finished!), I had to take a pause as my gaze caught sight of something that brought a whole new light to Psalm 34.
Luke 9:23-27, And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.
Did you see that? Death can be tasted. And if death can be tasted, so can life!
And what’s more, Jesus chose to taste death for us, so that we wouldn’t have to. Hebrews 2:9, But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour: that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
He tasted death for every man.
Think for a moment of the most pungent, disgusting odor you have ever smelled. If someone were to offer you a taste of it, you wouldn’t dare…not for anyone or anything. You might contemplate it if your children’s lives were at stake, your spouse, or a loved one but not just for any person. I mean, really.
This is exactly what Jesus did, the unthinkable. He tasted something so horrible. So repulsive, painful, uncomfortable. A tasting far beyond our scope of understanding. What we’ve experienced, that we might consider bad, pales in comparison.
And He tasted for each and every one.
Thank you Lord for tasting death for me. I am astounded once again by you. Your grace is unfathomable. By the grace of God, you tasted death and now that same grace is mine? That grace? I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Amen.