Friday, June 26th

Friday, June 26th

Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Psalms 34:8

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him .... Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing .... The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the One who holds his hand. Psalm 37:7A, 8B, 23-24 (NASB)

The word "taste" in the Psalm 34 verse above is such a great expression of how we can go forward with trusting God in the middle of troubles when so far we haven't been able to. There isn't anyone who cannot at least "taste." Tasting is the beginning of partaking in full. When we are in the middle of a trouble that is overwhelming us and trusting God and knowing his presence eludes us, we must "taste and see that the Lord is good." Yes, we can always taste and see. God will see to it, just do it. When we do, we will soon be taking total refuge in him and be partaking of his wonderful presence in full.

Then, and only then, will we understand why the Psalmist says, "Oh, the joys" of those who do. The Psalm 37 passage above uses the word, "rest" and this is such a great expression for capturing the inner state of one who takes refuge in and partakes of the Lord's wonderful presence. We won't always do this perfectly and there will be times we stumble a bit. But when this happens, be assured, our stumbling will not result in our hitting the deck because the Lord is holding our hand and will not permit it. The Lord does not let go of us and that is something we can count on forever.

Lord, help me to become a person who walks by faith with you more fully than ever before. Deliver me worrying and fretting. Teach me to delight in your way and to be at rest in your presence at all times, but particularly when I am in the middle of troubles. Please, become more real to me, Lord, than the troubles I experience in my life. I choose right now to take refuge in you, Lord, and to partake of you wonderful presence.


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