Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sunday devotional: Psalm 34:8

“Taste and see that the Lord is good . . . “ - Psalm 34:8

I don’t know why but this verse has been on my mind a lot lately. I looked it up and one of the meanings of taste is “to experience.” Experience in turn means “knowledge from observation.” Have you ever experienced God for yourself? Have you been in His presence? Have you felt His peace, His arms wrapped around you? If you have, I guarantee that you will remember it. Experiencing God in any way is not something easily forgotten. Even if you move away from Him, whether intentionally or not, you will find that a part of you longs for what you’ve lost. A relationship with Someone who knows you fully and loves you still.

Many people don’t experience the Lord for themselves. They attempt to rely on others to tell them what it’s like. But if you pay attention, you’ll notice that those are the people who are easily discouraged, who walk away as soon as life becomes difficult. They don’t know God, they only know about Him. That is why David, the writer of this psalm, was encouraging his people to “taste and see.” He knew that in order for them to stand firm in faith, they had to have a personal relationship with God. He knew that his faith wasn’t enough to carry the nation, that they had to believe for themselves, that they had to be praying and seeking the Lord along with him. Otherwise, they would be quickly defeated by doubt, fear, and the multitude of other things the enemy would throw at them.

Lord, please help us to experience You in a new way this week. May we go beyond simply knowing things about You, to actually knowing You and having a personal relationship with You. Amen.

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