The goodness of God, here spoken of includes both the amiableness and benevolence of his nature, and the bounty and beneficence of his providence and grace. It is not sufficient that we find him to be a bountiful benefactor to us, but we must relish and take delight in his goodness manifested in and by his gifts.
It is the language of piety in view of personal experience; and it is such language as a young convert, whose heart is filled with joy as hope first dawns on his soul, would address to his companions and friends.
“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”
The evidence which has been furnished us that God is good, we may properly employ in persuading others to come and taste his love. “That the Lord is good.” You can only know this really and personally by experience. “Blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Faith is the soul’s taste; they who test the Lord by their confidence always find him good, and they become themselves blessed.
The fear of the Lord or true piety is not only the duty of those who avow themselves to be saints, that is, persons set apart and consecrated for holy duties. It is for our own happiness sake to fear the Lord. Men seek a patron and hope to prosper; he prospers surely who hath the Lord of Hosts to be his friend and defender.
“Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” So God is “good” because God is a “refuge.” His goodness is clearly demonstrated in His active protection of those who run under the shadow of His wings.
To seek God as my refuge in time of need so that I can experience His goodness with all the delightful sweetness of taste and all the brilliant color of sight.
We have the opportunity to take refuge in the Lord – hardships, loss, sorrow, heartache, illness, suffering – these are the experiences where we may taste and see that the Lord is good.