Psalm 34:8-9

Friday, January 11, 2019

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.

 

These words are from the same psalm that we read yesterday. This from a man whose only food was bread that had been offered on God’s altar. His only weapon was borrowed, taken from his enemy when he vanquished over the giant Goliath. Yet he could say, “Taste and see that the Lord is good,” and that, “those who fear him lack nothing.”

David knew that God is not a vending machine who magically procures whatever we want. Remember the old song, “Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?” David was fleeing for his life. He had nothing but a group of men who were loyal to him, along with his trusted friend, Jonathan, who saved his life. But by faith, David knew God had given him all that he needed, and he lacked nothing.

To taste God is to find in the Lord the sweetest flavor, better than dark chocolate or an apple-filled donut (and that’s saying a lot!) To taste God is to perceive God’s goodness that sustains us more than the best holiday meal we can remember.

Fearing the Lord is not the same as being afraid of God. I like how Eugene Petersen puts it in his version, The Message: “Worship God if you want the best; worship opens doors to all his goodness.” That’s just what David was doing. He was praising God. He was worshipping the Lord. And as he gave God praise, as he worshipped God, he knew that there was nothing he could ask for that was any greater than what he received from God. To be filled with the Lord is to be filled to the brim and overflowing.

 

Prayer

Lord, let me praise you at all times. Let me taste your goodness and know you are sweeter than honey. May your love fill me completely so there is nothing more I could ever ask for that was any better. Thank you for your love, given to me in my savior, Jesus Christ. Let me praise you at all times. Amen.

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