What a verse beloved. Verse 8 of our Psalm 34. ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good’. Maybe you have lived your life the way you want to. Maybe you have had great success. Perhaps things have gone badly wrong for you. However you have felt, along life’s pathway that something in your life has been sadly missing. I remember when I was a teenager, I was baptised by full immersion. I was just 15 at the time and my whole life was in front of me. I remained ‘holy’ for some time after my baptism, however the world and it’s ‘delights’ soon overtook my young life as I thought I can’t be a Christian and have fun, so I will go with fun for the time being. All the time during this period when I tried drugs, alcohol, and other pastimes, I always felt a deep sense of regret that there was something fundamentally missing in my life. I was 38 years old before I ‘came back’ to the Lord.
Taste and see that the Lord is good. My daughter was talking to me on the phone today. We were discussing lots of issues when she suddenly began to talk about her two sons. The youngest is 4 years old. She told me that her Norwegian husband had bought a children’s bible in Norwegian. Natasha told me that she had begun to read it to the boys. One day Oliver the youngest was sitting having a mature conversation with his mother when he pointedly asked her where he went when he died. Tash was explaining and talking about Jesus, giving him the only explanation she could. After a while Natasha asked him if he would like Jesus to be part of his life. His reply was, “I want Jesus to be all of my life”. 4 years old eh? Tears sprang to my daughter’s eyes. My grandson was tasting and seeing that the Lord is good.
You see beloved, whatever we do in life the words of the Bible are a life blood to us. We can’t live without them. We need them to live. This verse is commending us to taste and see. Look what the verse follows on with. It says, ‘Oh the joys of those who trust in the Lord’. Read this carefully beloved. Don’t come back and say “I don’t get any joy at the moment.” The verse says, joy comes from trusting. Joy is coming from trusting. If you trust then joy will follow. The biggest point I want to make today is do you really trust the Lord? If you don’t, then decide today to trust in Him. The old chorus I used to sing as a child says, ‘Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, than to trust and obey.” You see the word happy? That is connected to joy. Beloved, make today the day that you ‘Taste and see’, and you ‘Trust and obey.’
A prayer: Father. I know that many times I haven’t trusted You the way I should and this has been to the detriment of my complete joy. Help me now Lord to trust in you totally. I am tasting Father and seeing the You are so good. I give You all the glory Lord. Amen
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