“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalm 34:8
Experience is everything. Many people can talk about knowing God from an external point of view, but they don’t know Him for themselves deep on the inside. They haven’t experienced the depths of intimacy involved in being in a real relationship with God (for more encouragement see my article, The God We Feel).
David had experience with God. Before he ever faced Goliath (1 Samuel 17), and even before he was on Saul’s radar, who now counted him as an enemy and was in the process of hunting him down, causing David to flee for his life, act like a madman, and hide (see 1 Samuel 21), he had encounters that let him know that God was there for him. There was even a time when he faced a bear and lion and came out victorious (1 Samuel 17:34-35).
God, Himself called David “a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will,” (Acts 13:22) because of his walk with Him. David was not a stranger to God. He was a frequent worshipper, a frequent prayer-er, and frequently inclined to look to God, do what He said, walk with Him, and guide his life by His holy standards.
David knows what it’s like to get hooked up with God and let that hookup be your life foundation. With that, he calls others to reach out and try Him for themselves. Don’t let this moment or day go by without knowing and experiencing God on that same personal level David did. He encouraged them to, “Taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (compare 1 Peter 2:3).
God is good (see Psalm 100:5; Nahum 1:7; Matthew 19:17) and God does good (see Psalm 119:64; Genesis 1)! God cannot separate Himself from who He is and what He does. And, David wants people to know it, taste it, and experience it for themselves!
Those who put God at the focal center of their lives and decisions, those who recognize the sovereignty of God over all, will be supplied by Him. God provides for His people. God cares for His people. “He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them,” (Psalm 145:19; see also Psalm 23:1; Proverbs 10:24).
David has experienced the hand of God’s care over and over again, and he assures others they can too if they follow Him.
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