Psalm 34:8

8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

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Read Psalm 34:8 Using Other Translations

O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!

What does Psalm 34:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 34:8

O taste, and see that the Lord [is] good
He is essentially, infinitely, perfectly, immutably, and solely good in himself; and he is communicatively and diffusively good to others: he is the author of all good, but not of any evil, in a moral sense; this chiefly regards his special grace and goodness through Christ: all the divine Persons in the Godhead are good; the Father is good, he has good designs towards his people, has provided good things for them, made good promises to them, and bestows good gifts on them: the Son is good; the good Shepherd that has laid down his life for the sheep; he is the fountain of all grace and goodness to his churches, and to particular believers; he has wrought a good work for them, the work of redemption, and he speaks a good word on their behalf in the court of heaven: the Spirit is good; he works good things in the hearts of the sons of men, and shows good things unto them; and gracious souls, such as the psalmist here calls upon, are capable of tasting and discerning how good the Lord is in some measure; see ( Psalms 119:103 ) ( Song of Solomon 2:3 ) ( 1 Peter 2:2 1 Peter 2:3 ) . While unregenerate, their taste is vitiated, and remains unchanged, and sin is what they feed upon with pleasure, and so detest everything that is good; but in conversion a new taste is given, so as to have a saving experimental knowledge of the grace and goodness of God in Christ, an application of it to them; and in such manner as to live upon it, and be nourished by it; and though this is not a superficial taste of things, like that of hypocrites, nor a single one only, being frequently repeated; yet it is but a taste in comparison of the enjoyment of it in the heavenly state; and every taste now influences and engages trust in the Lord, as follows;

blessed [is] the man [that] trusteth in him; (See Gill on Psalms 2:12); the Targum renders it, "that trust in his word".

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