Tuesday, November 9

Taste and See...

I will extol the LORD at all times;
   his praise will always be on my lips. 

I will glory in the LORD;
   let the afflicted hear and rejoice. 

Glorify the LORD with me;
   let us exalt his name together.

I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
   he delivered me from all my fears. 

Those who look to him are radiant;
   their faces are never covered with shame. 

This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
   he saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
   and he delivers them.

Taste and see that the LORD is good
   blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Fear the LORD, you his holy people,
   for those who fear him lack nothing.
The lions may grow weak and hungry,
   but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. 
Come, my children, listen to me;
   I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Whoever of you loves life
   and desires to see many good days,
keep your tongue from evil
   and your lips from telling lies.
Turn from evil and do good;
   seek peace and pursue it.

The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
   and his ears are attentive to their cry;
but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
   to blot out their name from the earth.

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
   he delivers them from all their troubles.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
   and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

The righteous person may have many troubles, 
   but the LORD delivers him from them all;
he protects all his bones,
   not one of them will be broken.

Evil will slay the wicked;
   the foes of the righteous will be condemned. 

The LORD will rescue his servants;
   no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

                                              Psalm 34

I am currently reading through the book of Psalms. I read "a Psalm a day". My reason for sharing this is that while I was reading this passage and promises from the Lord, I found great encouragement. I emphasized certain parts of this passage that I found particularly hopeful. If we all read this and truly believe these promises.. what would our lives look like? When I read this it puts my life, this little portion of life here on earth, into such perspective. God promises and offers us hope, protection, deliverance, freedom from shame, peace, and the list goes on. How could we not feel loved by these promises? How could we not experience joy from hearing this? The question is... do we believe these promises?

This passage repeatedly puts the ball in our court and gives fairly specific instructions on what we are to do in order to receive these promises... The great and incomprehensible thing about God is that those specific instructions are also SO simple. All he asks is that we seek Him, that we taste and experience His goodness, that we keep ourselves from evil, that we take refuge in Him, that we cry to Him, that we extol and glorify Him.

Jon Foreman- Your Love Is Strong
I've been listening to this song on repeat for about a month now. I've gotten a lot of encouragement out of it. The lyrics are just truth, and maximize how good God's love is!

My prayer today is:
That I would taste and see that the Lord is good. I don't want to miss out on God's promises. I want to seek His face and His peace daily. I want to believe that The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

1 comment:

  1. Maddie-

    You tell Jeff I love your blog. I agree when I say Alyssa's little heart broken and her spirit crushed I knew there was only one answer. I'm thankful I have taught her when all else fails her she can lean on her heavenly father....love ya girl!