September 18

Psalm 34:1-10

“O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.” vs. 8

It’s not unexpected when children balk at the sight of some new food that has been placed on their plate. They’re reluctant to even try something whose color and texture is not familiar. Parents often respond with encouragement that could have been paraphrased from this psalm, “Just taste it, and you’ll see how good it is!” Not all children are persuaded…some would rather go hungry than eat what seems strange. The psalmist would have been familiar with such a response. His purpose was not to convince a child to eat but to encourage his hearers to trust in the Lord. Sometimes words aren’t enough to convince searchers that God is good…even the best arguments can fall short. It’s only when people are willing to take that first taste of faithful living that they can be expected to want more. In that moment their eyes are opened and they come to believe that God offers refuge, direction, and hope. If we’re not even willing to try we will never know the blessings that a relationship with the Lord can bring. Often that first step is the hardest one…it requires a humility that some folks just don’t have. Their pride and their ego lead them to resist…they’d rather starve than admit need…like children they stubbornly go their own way. But God is good! The promise is never withdrawn…those who do taste and see that the Lord is good will never be disappointed.

Thought for the Day: When did I first taste God’s goodness?

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