Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wednesday Words of Encouragement: Taste

Psalm 34:8-10 ~

"Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. Fear the Lord, you His saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing." 

"How do you know you won't like it unless you try it?"  

These are words I spoke to my children many times when they were younger and they had pronounced they didn't like something I put in front of them.  The rule in our house has always been you have to eat what is put before you and they had to at least try something new.  If they really didn't like it then I usually didn't make it again, but they had to try the first time.  More often than not, they ended up tasting and finding out it was really good.

In this Psalm the writer is saying the same thing.  "Taste of the Lord."  "Try Him and you will see He is good."  Obviously, he is not talking of physical taste, but instead of trying all the other religions of the day, he wanted his readers to understand how good the Lord of the Universe really was.  The psalmist wanted them to spend time in communion with the Lord.

We have nothing to fear when we follow the Lord.  When we take refuge in Him we will find satisfaction and He will give us good things. Lions are a symbol of strength yet they will go hungry. However, the Lord’s eyes are on His children and they will not be lacking.

Do you spend time each day tasting the Lord? Do you seek Him consistently?  Look at the following verbs – taste, take refuge, fear, seek. These all imply a certain amount of time. We can’t take 5 or 10 minutes a day and feel like we’ve done our duty to God. Seeking Him and taking refuge in Him take time.  The more time you spend with the Lord, the stronger you will become.

Spend quality time with the Lord each day.  Find time to taste of Him, to take refuge in Him, trust and obey Him, seek Him and reverence Him.  Your life will be full to the top!