Taste and See That the Lord is Good

From You Ain’t in Kansas Anymore, p.1

“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 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.”                                   Psalms 34:4-10   

    In moments of great fear, God offers peace to those who seek Him.  When I was 18, one of my friends and her fiancée’ were tragically killed.  In my life, it was a time to “taste and see that the Lord is good”.  I at first did not want to taste.  I wanted nothing to do with a God who would take my friend away, and I told Him so.  It is okay to express anger at God; he is big enough to take it.  The pain was unbearable. For months, I lay awake at night crying.  Finally reaching my wit’s end, I desperately cried out to God for help.  “Give me peace, Lord, the kind that passes all understanding as your word says.”  When I was a child, my precious choir teachers taught us a song that spoke of this.  Was it real?  I needed something that I could feel.  Just as verse four states, God did answer me and delivered me.  I do not know how He did it, but a peace consumed me that does pass all understanding.  Verse nine and ten state that those who fear Him will lack no good thing.  If we have God, what else do we need?  He will deliver us, send His angels to watch over us…what else do we need?  You may be in need of peace today.  If you are, just simply ask.  He will answer in ways that we cannot understand.

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