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"The Taste Test"

January 9, 2004

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

Several years ago a major soft drink company changed the formula of its most popular cola. Immediately, strong reaction was forthcoming from lovers of the old taste and from consumers of rival colas. The bottom line was not expensive advertising or colorful packaging but the taste test.

In our Scripture verse for today David suggests the taste test for experiencing the true God. He writes, “Taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.” David has personally experienced the mercies of God in his life – protected as a shepherd boy from wild animals, able to slay mighty Goliath, preserved from the jealous wrath of Saul, now David looks for deliverance in the promised Messiah and asks others to taste the sure promises of the living God and find refuge in Him.

From the seed of David came the Messiah to experience life in our stead. He tasted rejection, ridicule, suffering, and death on a cross for the sins of a rebellious world. David’s challenge rings out to us too. We admit that selfishness, materialism, and thrill-seeking leave a flat taste in our mouth. We turn quietly to the living Word of God, where we taste and see that the Lord is good.

We taste the body and blood of Jesus Christ in the bread and wine. And we know that for time and for eternity we have refuge in the Lord. The ultimate taste test never fails – for David or for us.

PRAYER: Lord, guide us always to take refuge in You, for we know that You are good. Amen.

(Devotions from “My Daily Devotion” by Dr. Stephen J. Carter, copyright 1988, CPH. All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be printed, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of Concordia Publishing House. For ordering information, please contact CPH at 800-325-3040 or visit

Today's Bible Readings: Job 1-2    Matthew 7

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