8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
As Psalm 34 continues, we are in agreement with David. The Lord is good! We meditate on the Word of God (verses 8-14) and understand that the Lord is giving instruction on the blessed or full life. Jesus speaks in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Unfortunately, many believe that the manifestation of the blessed life is a ‘zap it on me” affair. These verses contain many imperative verbs that help us understand that the blessed life requires some action from us. Let’s look at them. The Lord says:
- Taste (feed on His Word, meditate and experience, know intimately) vs. 8
- Takes refuge in Him (not self, or the world system), vs. 8
- Fear Him (reverential love, honor, respect, awe) that brings forth true worship, vs. 9
- Seek the Lord with all your heart [Jeremiah 29: 12-13], vs. 10
- Come to the Lord, vs. 11
- Keep your tongue from evil and lips from lies, vs. 13
- Turn from evil, vs. 14
- Do good, vs. 14
- Seek and pursue peace, vs. 14
The Lord will bring the manifestation of the full/blessed life as we experience:
- the Lord as our refuge (Psalm 46:1), vs. 8
- lacking of nothing or no good thing [Psalm 23:1, The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not be in want.) vs. 9, 10
- the fear of the Lord (reverential love, honor, respect, awe)
- love of life (vs. 12)
- seeing of many good things
“Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).”