Psalm 34:8a Taste and see that the LORD is good;
We lived in Colorado Springs from 2005 – 2009. During that time it was our privilege to be a part of a marvelous Friday night gathering there called “theMill”. About 1,000 college age and 20-somethings gathered each Friday night for over two hours of worship and teaching.
The pastor of theMill at that time was Aaron Stern. The Lord so gifted him in communicating to this age group. One of the more memorable times was when Aaron spoke on this verse. After some preliminary comments, he brought out a box of Krispy Kreme glazed donuts.
Aaron proceeded to talk about the company that made these donuts. He went on for some time talking about how successful they were; how they were growing; how many stores they had; just on and on. He then opened the box of donuts and began describing what they looked like. How many there were in the box; what the smell was like. Then he lifted a donut out to examine it and for everyone to see it.
He finally looked at everyone, grinned and said how it wasn’t enough to know about Krispy Kreme and the donuts they made. He had to sample one – so he did. Aaron proceeded to slowly take one bite after another – oohing and ahhing as he savored each bite. He just ate the donut and said it was so good he had to eat another. So he ate another continuing the sound effects of just super-enjoying what he tasted. As you can imagine, the crowd was going nuts while he was doing this.
This all led him to the point that it wasn’t enough to know about God – we have to experience Him. We have to taste him and see just how good He is. In 1 Peter 2:1-3 Peter is giving them instructions in light of the fact that, “…now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” When we walk in His ways our daily lives will be filled with ‘tasting’ Him and being consumed with His goodness.
PS – At the end of Aaron’s message he announced that out in the foyer there were Krispy Kreme donuts for everyone to taste and enjoy.