By Andrea Merrell
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Psalm 34:8 NLT
For most of my life the thought of peanut butter and celery sounded disgusting—until someone said, “Don’t knock it until you try it.” So I did … and loved it. The same with sushi, which is now one of my favorites foods.
ago, the popular catch phrase was WWJD (what would Jesus do?). Before
that came around, Try God was the buzz. We saw it on
bracelets, bumper stickers, and even on TV—believe it or not. (That’s how long
ago it was.)
One could say the same about God: Don’t knock it (or rather Him) until you try it (Him). But how do you try God? It’s certainly not like putting on a piece of clothing to see if it fits or dating Him to see if He’s a candidate for marriage. The Bible tells us to taste and see that the Lord is good. Again, how do we do that? This is how the Passion translation puts it: Drink deeply of the pleasures of this God. Experience for yourself the joyous mercies He gives to all who turn to hide themselves in Him.
Trying God simply means to take Him at His Word. When we accept Him into our lives, we become part of His family, a joint heir with Jesus. And all the benefits of His kingdom—all the blessings contained in the Bible—are ours. He redeems us, forgives us, cleanses us, and clothes us in His very own robe of righteousness. He loves us unconditionally and blesses whatever we set our hand to do. He gives us abundant joy and a peace that surpasses human understanding. He gives us godly wisdom and surrounds us with favor. He gives His angels charge over us to protect us. He promises to never leave us. And He promises us an eternal home in heaven.
Sounds like a pretty good deal, right? If you haven’t already done so, go ahead. Taste and experience the goodness of the Lord. You’ll never regret it.
And remember … don’t knock it until you try it.