To answer your good question, let’s read Psalms 34:8-10, “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.” Sometimes the use of language can be a barrier, if we do not understand the turn of phrase that is being used. We don’t physically ‘taste’ the Lord, but we try Him. The Contemporary English Version translates verse 8 like this: “Discover for yourself that the Lord is kind. Come to him for protection, and you will be glad.”

If we are believers on the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord does not want us to be afraid of Him. The word ‘fear’ used in verse 9, really speaks of the reverence, admiration, or wonder we should have for the Lord. When we revere Him as we should, we will not want, or lack for anything. As King David said in Psalms 23:1, “The LORD is my shepherd; I SHALL NOT WANT.” Later, David would say, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” (Psalm 37:25). Then, we read in Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” If we truly know the Lord, how can we help buy reverence (fear) Him?

Now, let’s read verve 10 once more. “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.” Of all the animals of the jungle, certainly the young lions are the strongest, fastest, and fiercest of them all. That is why they are called the King of the jungle. An older lion may go hungry, as we read in Job 4:11, “The old lion perisheth for lack of prey…” Yet, in spite of all the incredible abilities of the young lions, there are times that they do lack, times when they do hunger. However, those that seek the Lord will never lack ANY GOOD THING. While it is true that we may suffer times of lack in our lives, the thought before us is that we will never lack any GOOD thing. The Lord will always provide for our needs! Let’s consider 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” If the Lord should decide to allow us to go through times of physical need, it is indeed a ‘light affliction’ and it will work out something far exceeding and eternal for us.

Notice the key words used in our portion: TASTE, SEE, TRUST, FEAR, SEEK. These activities should always be present in the life of a believer. Are they presently in your life? (280.6)