The tongue is powerful—not the physical appendage in our mouths but what it accomplishes with the words it emits. The Apostle James tells us it’s so strong that if we could control it, we could keep our whole body in check. I’m not going to begin to try to explain that, but I do want to examine the various abilities of the tongue and its power to make a difference in our lives. Approaching this as an anagram (you know how I love anagrams) the first capability of the tongue is Taste. Look at Psalm 34:8-9:
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
The psalmist invites us to taste and see that God is good. He asks us to experience the goodness of God—sample His care, savor His faithfulness, devour His kindness. We don’t let His mercies sit on the table to be admired, but partake of them with grateful hearts and satisfy our souls. We will find more than we expected and, as we honor (fear) Him, we find refuge in Him and supply for our needs.
How do we do consume His goodness? We open the Bible to feast on His words and discover His grace. This meal is not to be hurried but savored, allowing our taste buds to notice the flavors and enjoy their richness. Regular dining at His table nourishes our souls, builds our strength, and grows our faith. We will no longer spend our days in weakness and fear, but in the strength of His Word.
Taste and see—the Lord is good!