Psalm 34:8

THURSDAY

NAU Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

NIV Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

KJV Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.


In the previous seven verses there have been six declarations and one directive. That one directive came in verse three as a directive to glorify and exalt the Lord. These are actions of the mouth. They are directive to speak positively about our God, the One who protects and comes to the aid of the afflicted.

Verse 8 is also a directive. It also involves (figuratively) the mouth. But this time rather than speaking, the afflicted but fearer of God is to ‘taste’ Him. This word is associated with food and eating. However, it is also associated with the concept of experiencing something.

How can the fearer of God ‘taste’ or experience Him? The end of verse 8 gives us the answer – take refuge in the Lord. Again, we must ask what does it mean to take refuge in the Lord? The Hebrew language provides the answer – flee to Him for protection!

But wait, verse 7 tells us that the Angel of the Lord surrounds those who fear Him and provides protection in affliction! How can we take refuge if we are already being protected? Interestingly, further study of this Hebrew word shows that taking refuge can also be translated to trust. Therefore, verse 7 and 8 are telling us that those who fear the Lord are protected by the Lord and that we should trust in His protection.

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