Thursday, March 27, 2008

Psalm 34

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. Psalm 34:8-10

This psalm of David is very different than yesterday's. In Psalm 26 he is desperate for God's help. In Psalm 34 he has experienced God's help. The result of this help is overflowing praise and thanksgiving. Again, the theme that stands out to me is the fact that David knows his God. David knows that he doesn't have to fear what man can do to him. If his God's will is to protect him, then that is exactly what will happen, no matter what!

God is good
God is our refuge
We fear God
We lack nothing

Do I "know" God more when times are tough or when times are good? I want to know God the way David knew God. It seems to me that David's relationship with God is seen most clearly when he thinks God is nowhere to be found. Yet when God is near, or when God has delivered David from the impossible, David seems to want to just linger in His presence. This again is rooted in the fact that David knew that he was loved, and he knew that he could trust God.

Father, thank you for this reminder from David's life. May I trust you with everything today, and may I long to know you more than anything.

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