March 2022 Newsletter
Many of you know my obsession for Krispy Kreme doughnuts. In fact, I sometimes wonder if my zeal for this “manna from heaven” (tongue in cheek of course) has turned into nothing more than the worship of an idol. But, as I was enjoying my Krispy Kreme doughnut(s) and a cup of coffee, I could not help but ponder the possible spiritual implications of that doughnut and my obsession, or lack thereof, for God.
My mind was immediately drawn to the words of David in Psalm 34:8. David writes, “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” The primary purpose of Psalm 34 is to teach moral lessons about God and the theme highlights the constant care God gives to his people.
But how do the words of David in Psalm 34:8 parallel my obsession for Krispy Kreme doughnuts? The parallel comes in David’s words to “taste and see.” Mere words alone will not help to explain how good a Krispy Kreme doughnut tastes. To experience the goodness, one must actually taste the doughnut for themselves, for taste involves testing or sampling and to see involves understanding or perceiving. The phrase taste and see, then, means “try and experience.” In other words, to understand (to see) just how good the doughnut is, one must take a sampling (a taste) of the doughnut.
The same is true in our relationship with the Lord. We discover the goodness of the Lord through personal trial and experience. We are to take a figurative bite and find out what mere words fail to discovery-the soul-sustaining goodness of the Lord.
Trusting God and seeking him is the only way to taste and see that he is good. He must be our only source of protection and provision. I encourage you not to take my word for it, but to try and experience the goodness of the Lord for yourselves. Take it from one who knows, the taste of a Krispy Kreme doughnut, or anything else for that matter, pales in comparison to the goodness of the God of heaven.
Bible commentator Matthew Henry explains the goodness of God this way, “Let God’s goodness be rolled under the tongue as a sweet morsel.” God is sweet indeed!
Psalm 34:8, “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”
 Matthew Henry Bible Commentary