Wagyu (Psalms 63:5)

I love steak. I have eaten nearly every cut of beef from many different cattle breeds originating from some of the great beef producing regions in the world. Whether the cattle are grass-fed, grain-fed, or aged for several weeks, for me, there is one cut of beef that clearly stands out from the rest. 


Wagyu beef.


Wagyu is a Japanese word that literally means Japanese cow. There are four recognized Japanese cattle breeds that may be designated Wagyu. While Kobe Wagyu beef has become synonymous with Wagyu, this is only one location in Japan, albeit the most familiar to American menus, from where the Wagyu cattle are raised. Other locations include Miyazaki, Matsusaka, Ohmi, and Bungo. Wagyu beef is famous for its rich fat marbling and earns its own Japanese grading scale, with A5 being the top grade. 


I never tire of explaining this to my friends who are unfamiliar with this delicacy because it simply builds anticipation to the meal. In fact, as I am writing this, my mouth is watering, fondly reminiscing over the few times I have partaken of this. It may seem overindulgent, even extravagant, but if one is a true steak lover and carnivore, this must be tasted.


My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips…

Psalms 63:5 (ESV)


This verse from the Book of Psalms always amuses me because King David, who wrote it, undoubtedly ate some of the finest food in the world. While he probably did not have Wagyu beef, I am sure he ate delicacies that I cannot begin to imagine. Yet, in spite of all the rich and luxurious foods he ate, he was adamant that it did not even compare to the experience of praising God and having his soul knit together with Him.


My mouth waters in the anticipation of eating Wagyu beef, satisfying my appetite. Yet, my soul will only be satisfied by the richness of God’s presence in my life. It will never be overindulgent or extravagant. He is the Bread of life who supplies all of my needs! 


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.


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