June 16 Petition Mission

“Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe Your commandments” (Ps 119:66). Translated literally, this verse could read, “Teach me (to have) good taste and discernment.” Adam Clarke comments: “Let me see and know the importance of Divine things, and give me a relish for them.”

The airwaves in the West are full of cooking channels (while most of the world only longs for a life-sustaining meal). Yet with all the latest technology, one thing can’t be communicated through the screen—the taste of the beautifully prepared food!

A master chef, through years of developing the palate, can sample the food and determine what spices are missing or overused in a particular dish. Here the psalmist asks that his sense of good taste for God’s things might be developed, and that his spiritual appetite might increase through believing what He says. We wouldn’t want the rebuke served up to Peter: “Thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men” (Mk 8:33, KJV).