Thanksgiving and Brussel Sprouts
“Taste and see that the Lord is good. How happy is the person who takes refuge in Him!”
– Psalm 34:8
As part of our Thanksgiving meal a few years ago, I made brussel sprouts marinated in a balsamic vinegar mixture, roasted in the oven, and finished with a drizzle of balsamic reduction. There were those at the table (including a few adults) that were not so excited about the offering; however, they were invited to try them. As dinner progressed, I heard the statement, “I didn’t know I liked brussel sprouts!”, and then followed by a second helping.
In Psalm 34:8, David is inviting us to “taste and see” the goodness of God. Bible commentator Matthew Henry says it like this, “Let God’s goodness be rolled under the tongue as a sweet morsel.” David wants us to experience the goodness of the Lord for ourselves. God’s goodness is personal. Remember the chorus, “God is so good; He’s so good to me.” He meets our individual needs.
What are the benefits of God’s goodness? It is a perfect model for us as Psalm 119:68 tells us, “You are good, and you do what is good; teach me your statues.” Romans 8:28 tells us that God’s purpose for us is good. Whether happy or difficult, all things are for the good of those who love him and have been called according to his purpose. His goodness offers us security and encouragement. God’s character does not change. His goodness was ultimately shown when He gave His Son, Jesus, for us. We have been given eternal life by accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior.
Like the ones at our Thanksgiving table that needed the invite to try the brussel sprouts, “Taste and see that the Lord is good” is an invitation to experience firsthand God’s goodness and to know Him personally. This is an invitation for us to receive and an invitation for us to extend.
Pray: Father God, thank you for the gift of eternal life you extended to me. Today, help me be aware of Your goodness in every circumstance of my life. Open my eyes today to see those around me that need an invitation to experience Your goodness today.
Director of Preschool Ministries
First Baptist Broken Arrow | Community Baptist Coweta