The Need for Nourishment
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
How happy is the man who takes refuge in Him! (Ps. 34:8 HCSB)
This morning I noticed something interesting at the birdhouse in our back yard. There were cardinals (both male and female), chickadees, bluejays, doves and sparrows ALL nibbling on birdseed either ON or just below the birdhouse. They were different colors, varying sizes, with unique songs but they had one thing in common: they all needed nourishment and had found sustenance at that singular birdhouse.
Psalm 34:8 says “TASTE and see that the Lord is good…” corporate worship is a unified expression of praise for the goodness of the Lord, and the use of the word “taste” by the Psalmist suggests that which is not just enjoyable to the senses, but spiritually and corporately fulfilling; necessary for our continued spiritual growth and benefit.
Craig Groeschel, senior pastor of Life Church, puts it this way, ” Just as your body needs sleep, your soul needs time to rest in God. To learn more about Him. To talk to Him. To worship and praise Him. To fellowship with other brothers and sisters.” Aaron West expands on this thought: “Like food and water, worship is a necessary part of human existence. Its easy to think that we can exist without it because we still exhibit all the outward signs of life, but that’s not the existence we were created to have. We were created to flourish.” *
We are each unique individuals of various sizes, shapes, colors and varying expressions of worship (songs). But we have one common need: spiritual nourishment. Imagine how it must thrill the heart of the Father when He sees his children come together to “taste and see”. He longs for us to discover the depths of His goodness. This occurs individually as we study His precious Word and worship in private, and as we join together as the Body of Christ and corporately share at the banquet table of His goodness.