O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him.…
I. A CALL TO THE ENJOYMENT OF DIVINE GOODNESS (ver. 8). Two things are necessary to the enjoyment of this goodness:
1. Freedom from a sense of guilt.
2. A sense of true gratitude.
(1) Enjoying God's goodness involves trust in Him.
(2) Trust in Him ensures true blessedness.
II. A CALL TO HIGHER RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE (vers. 9, 10). We are to follow on to know the Lord, to forget "the things that are behind, and press on to the things that are before." "There is no want to them that fear Him."
1. Want is a calamity.
2. The higher the religious experience the less liability to want.
III. A CALL TO THE INSTRUCTIONS OF EXPERIENCE. (ver. 11).
1. The highest teaching is the teaching of the Lord.
2. Youth is the best season for this teaching.
3. Teaching children religion is worthy the dignity of the greatest men.
IV. A CALL TO OBEY THE CONDITIONS OF LONGEVITY (vers. 12-14).
1. Men desire long life.
2. Moral excellence is conducive to long life.
Parallel VersesKJV: O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.