Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The LORD is Good!

Psalm 34:8
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

        Trying new foods can be a huge adventure.  Something like vanilla can smell very good but taste very bad.  God wants us to ‘taste Him.  At first it may seem unfamiliar—you may need to acquire a taste for the things He loves.  He never tricks us like the vanilla—His very character is holiness.

        We are told to “see”.  This may be difficult at times because we live in a dark world.  Sometimes we choose to close our eyes to the truth of God’s Word.  We need God’s vision and a willingness to seek Him.  Pray that He will open your eyes to understand.

        Do you know that the “LORD is good”?  James 1 tells us that God cannot do evil.  Do we blame God for circumstances caused by others?  Do we want things that may not be good for us? Do I really know what is good for me?  He will never withhold something that is good for me.

        “Good” in this verse has some awesome definitions: Beautiful, best, favor, glad, kind, loving, gracious, joyful, pleasure, sweet, welfare!  I want to be looking to Jesus—that way I won’t miss the good!

        I like to talk!  The word “trusteth” in this verse has two meanings.  The first means to confide. It has always been easier for me to look for a person with “skin on” to use as a confidant. God does use people in our lives, but God wants to be that first person to whom we turn.  He is the one with infinite understanding (Ps. 147:5-6a) He knows exactly who am I, how I feel, and what I need.

        The other meaning of the word “trusteth” is to run to for refuge. When evil comes into my life, I need to seek God’s protection.  His words can comfort, strengthen, and heal. 

        I find that it is very humbling and exciting to know that the God of Creation wants to be the one in whom I confide.  He gave His life for this relationship with me—why would I think anyone could love or understand me better than He does?

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