Psalm 34:8 - Taste Jesus and Experience Fullness of Joy. [addendum 2]
Psalm 34:8 - Taste Jesus and Experience Fullness of Joy.
Psalm 34:8 (KJV) O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed
is the man that trusteth in him.
Psalm 34:8 (CWR) Taste and find out for yourself how good God
is. Happy is the man who takes refuge in the Lord.
A restaurant owner at the food court in the local mall is
aggressive in his tactics. He offers a sample not only to those who walk by
his counter; he waves and shouts loudly at those passing by on the
other side of the dining area. He takes eye contact, even from a
hundred feet away, as a commitment to try his food. He wants everyone to
taste it because he believes it's the best around.
David urges his readers to taste and see that the Lord is
good. In other words, "try Him out." That may seem a little too
transactional for our spiritual sensibilities, but it's nonetheless biblical.
God Himself, through the prophet Malachi, issued a similar
invitation centuries later: "Test me in this," He said about tithing, "and
see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out
so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it"
(Malachi 3:10, NIV). He wants His promises to be tried and tested. He
wants His Presence to be tasted. He wants to be sampled because He
knows He's the best around.
There are times in our relationship with Him when we wonder
if He's ever going to come through for us, when our current
circumstances contradict our hopes for the future, when the tension between
our desires and our experience is almost too much to bear. In those
times, we can hear Him say, "Do you trust Me?" And if we can take a
deep breath, let go of our intensity, and say yes, we will find Him
to be trustworthy. That's the promise. If we can take a heartfelt
step and cast ourselves completely on Him, we will find joy. Those
who taste will experience the best there is.
Lord, I cast myself on You - completely. I let go of my
anxieties and agendas and say yes to trusting You. Let me taste and see
the depth of Your goodness. [The One Year Experiencing God's
Presence Devotional by Chris Tiegreen]
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