THE GOODNESS OF GOD
PSALM 34:8-10 NKJ
8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
9 Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!
There is no want to those who fear Him.
10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.
During the pandemic of 2020, I went to this psalm almost every day. You'll be surprised at how quickly a psalm can 'get in you' when you go over it on a regular basis.
David begins by praising and magnifying the Lord, which is an excellent way to start any interaction with Him. He then speaks of the deliverance and protection of the Lord.
In verse eight is a great phrase, a great word. I have liked this verse so much I include it at the bottom of my handwritten notes. "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him." All it takes is a taste, and we can determine God is good and if we'll trust Him, we'll be blessed.
David then reveals the value of having a reverential respect for God. God takes care of those who fear Him. Even the strong lions go hungry. But those who will reach out to God, those who will seek Him by faith, they will not lack any good thing. Now that's a promise! But it also is congruent with Hebrews 11:6 that God is a rewarder to those who seek Him.
We trust God and respect God and seek God by faith. We believe He is real, and He's real good. So, this belief then governs our attitudes and actions. We are not quick-fix people; we are in this for the long haul. This is how we live today, next month, next year, and the next 20 years. We believe we'll be living with and connected to God for all of eternity, so we chose to start now. Living this way will be going against the flow of the majority. But, living this way positions us for peace, strength, and blessings because we trust, respect, and seek a good good God!
Dear Father, I bless and magnify You. You are good and worthy of my best and my attention. You are truly the epitome of good.