O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him.…
Though God be infinitely good in Himself, and in the dispensation of the fruits of tits goodness unto all His creatures; yet tits distinguishing goodness and blessings are extended only to whom He manifests Himself in another way than He doth unto the world, and who believe on His Son according to the Gospel.
I. THESE BEHOLD AND EXPERIENCE THE GOODNESS OF HIS NATURE. "God is love. In this was manifested," etc. Would you have just views of it, endeavour to share in its blessed effects. We may say of God's goodness, what Christ said to the woman of Samaria: "If thou knewest the gift of God," etc. How refreshing and satisfying must be the experience of the Divine goodness and love; concerning which the prophet Jeremiah foretells, "they shall come and flow together" (Jeremiah 31:12-14).
II. TASTE AND SEE THE GOODNESS OF GOD IN HIS ATTRIBUTES. His condescending grace was manifested toward you, when you were altogether unworthy of His favour. His clemency appears in the moderating the necessary chastisements which He sees needful to inflict.
III. TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD IN HIS DISPENSATIONS, BOTH OF PROVIDENCE AND GRACE. "All the ways of the Lord are mercy and truth."
1. Every blessing, every change, every bereavement shall be sanctified to you, and work together for your good.
2. You may also behold and experience that the Lord is good in the dispensations of His grace.
IV. TASTE AND SEE THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD IN HIS ORDINANCES. Every Divine institution is a conduit through which He conveys His best blessings; a market place wherein they get spiritual provisions; a sanctuary where they behold His power and glory.
V. TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD IN HIS COVENANT. What admirable goodness hath God displayed in entering anew into covenant with us, after we had broken the first covenant. It is the covenant of peace, of love and of life; the covenant of hope, and of the promises confirmed by the death of Christ and sealed with His blood. All good and nothing but good, grace and glory, with every good is to be found here.
Parallel VersesKJV: O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.