Taste and See That the Lord is Good: What Does Psalm 34:8 Mean?

Psalm 34:8, “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” King James Version (KJV)

TranslationPsalm 34:8
ESVOh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
NASBO taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
NIVTaste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
NLTTaste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!

Also see Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled to learn more.

Taste and See That the Lord is Good: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

34:1-10 If we hope to spend eternity in praising God, it is fit that we should spend much of our time here in this work. He never said to any one, Seek ye me in vain.

David’s prayers helped to silence his fears; many besides him have looked unto the Lord by faith and prayer, and it has wonderfully revived and comforted them. When we look to the world, we are perplexed, and at a loss.

But on looking to Christ depends our whole salvation, and all things needful thereunto do so also. This poor man, whom no man looked upon with any respect, or looked after with any concern, was yet welcome to the throne of grace; the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

Also see Many Are Called But Few Are Chosen to learn more.

The holy angels minister to the saints, and stand for them against the powers of darkness. All the glory be to the Lord of the angels. By taste and sight we both make discoveries, and have enjoyment; Taste and see God’s goodness; take notice of it, and take the comfort of it.

He makes all truly blessed that trust in him. As to the things of the other world, they shall have grace sufficient for the support of spiritual life. And as to this life, they shall have what is necessary from the hand of God.

Paul had all, and abounded, because he was content, Php 4:11-18. Those who trust to themselves, and think their own efforts sufficient for them, shall want; but they shall be fed who trust in the Lord. Those shall not want, who with quietness work, and mind their own business.

Psalm 34:8 | Pulpit Bible Commentary

Verse 8. – O taste and see that the Lord is good; i.e. put the matter to the test of experience (comp. 1 Peter 2:3). There is no other way of really knowing how good God is. Blessed is the man that trusteth in him (comp. Psalm 2:12; Psalm 84:12; Proverbs 16:20; Isaiah 30:18; Jeremiah 17:7). Trust in God is a feeling which is blessed in itself. God also showers blessings on such as trust in him.

Also see My Grace Is Sufficient to learn more.

Daniel Isaiah Joseph

Daniel's seminary degree is in Exegetical Theology. He was a pastor for 10 years. As a professor, he has taught Bible and theology courses at two Christian universities. Please see his About page for details.

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