09 October 2015

Psalm 34:8--Devotional

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! (Psalms 34:8 ESV)


Taste and see refer to physical rather than spiritual or esoteric senses. An atheist will not accept any proof except what is physical and proven by science. It is only in our senses that they have faith. Yet John and Peter, apostles of Jesus Christ, tell us–

  1. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us (1 John 1:1-2 ESV)

  2. For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased," we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. (2 Peter 1:16-18 ESV)

The Lord is good. Goodness is defined by God. When He creates it is good (Genesis 1:31). The Gospel is good (Isaiah 52:7). It is the opposite of evil (Amos 5:14. (Evil is breaking God's Laws.)). Justice, mercy, and walking humbly with God are given as examples of what God calls good (Micah 6:8). God's character and actions are called good in Luke 18:19. Everything Jesus did is described as good in Acts 10:38.

God is good, and He is powerful and lovingly watches over His own. Those who trust Him rather than trust in philosophy, science, government, or themselves find this true. (Psalm 9:10, Psalm 37:3, Psalm 40:4, Proverbs 3:5, and 2 Corinthians 1:9. To help us understand trust we can read Luke 11:22 and Luke 18:9.

Those who have put their trust in God surely know and experience this. May this be the life of all people.

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