Prayer: Help us to taste and see, O Lord.
Reading: Psalm 34:1-8 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: It is difficult to imagine a more effusive statement of praise. The psalmist justifies his trust with remembrances of deliverance from his troubles for apparently many occasions. I am struck, however, by the language late in this section. O taste and see that the Lord is good. Taste?! Taste what? Manna, milk, honey, bitter grapes, sweet wine? Taste what? Taste the Lord?
As strange as that language seems, it is an intriguing image that can lead us in lots of directions. I’m thinking about tasting the produce of our garden. The tomatoes and cucumbers were especially sweet this summer. We dug potatoes a week or so ago. It is all good. Time to harvest the butternut squash. We will taste them most of the winter. Is that what David meant? Taste that the Lord is good. Could be, but I sure like the image.
Bread and wine. The body and blood of Jesus. Certainly not an image David had in mind. But for us—why not? Indeed, taste and see. Taste the bread and wine. Smell the bread and wine. See the bread and wine. Feel bread and wine. Taste and see that the Lord is good.
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