The Lord Is Good

 

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O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Psalm 34:8

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” This is an invitation to us to take God at his word, to trust in the Lord and experience his goodness, to know God personally, realizing that he loves us more than we can ever imagine.

David is urging us to do just that. He is inviting us to experience what he has discovered: the goodness of God’s salvation. David is celebrating that God has rescued him from his fears and troubles.  We are promised great blessings from God to his people. He will deliver, guard, supply, listen, and redeem all who trust in his power to save. We seek to honor him in all things, speak truthfully, seek peace and justice, and humbly serve our God.

Help me, dear Father, to know you better. Open my heart, dear Lord, so that I will more fully entrust myself to your care. Open my eyes to see just how gracious you are to me. Thank you for your goodness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalms 119:103  “How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”

Search My Heart

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Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.  Psalm 139 23-24

David was a man who loved God with a reckless abandon. His life was a picture of success and failure, and his biblical record shows the fact that David was far from perfect. But what made David a cut above the rest was that his heart was always pointed toward God. He had a deep desire to follow God’s will and do “everything” God wanted him to do. He was a man after God’s own heart.  One of the reasons why David is called a man after God’s own heart is that he had absolute faith in God. He was also a prayerful man and God had granted David understanding and wisdom through his daily meditation. We should look to David as a role model and not only read God’s Word but also think about and meditate on it throughout the day, for God loves it when we think about Him. “Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart. They do nothing wrong; they walk in his ways” (Psalm 119:2–3).

After David sinned, he was always truly repentant.  He shows us our first and most important reaction to sin should always be to ask God to search us. There are times when we know that we sinned, but there are also times that we sin and we aren’t even aware of it until it is revealed to us. This is why we need to allow God to search us and “know” our hearts. Let him reveal the sin in your life that you may not even know you have committed.

I want to encourage you today to let the Lord search you. Take the time to ask Him to “know your heart.” We don’t need to spend time walking in the anxiety of our sinful nature. Instead, how much more freeing would it be to release it, trust God with it, allow Him to lead us out of it and in so doing, give us the confidence to know that we are His. Be comforted today in knowing that a sin found, forgiven, and forgotten is a sin you no longer have to concern yourself with.

In conclusion, David was a man after God’s own heart because he demonstrated his faith and was committed to following the Lord. Yes, his faith was tested on a grand scale, and he failed at times. But after his sin he sought and received the Lord’s forgiveness. In the final analysis, David loved God’s Law and sought to follow it exactly. As a man after God’s own heart, David is a role model for all of us.

May God, through our humble confession and prayer, so reveal His Son to us that we can say with the early believers, “We ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world” (John 4:42).

Dear Heavenly Father

Teach me how to align my heart with Yours. I recommit myself as a man/woman after Your heart. I choose to seek Your face (Psalm 27:8). In difficult times, open my heart to receive Your revelation. Hide me in the shelter of your tabernacle (Psalm 27:5). Reveal deeply to my heart Your love for me. Rescue me in the midst of difficult circumstances, and bring me into a spacious place (Psalm 18:19). Teach me to enjoy life the way you desire. I choose to be confident in Your love. I am Your Bride. “I love you, O LORD, my strength” (Psalm 18:1).