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From The Pastor's Desk

From The Pastor's Desk: July 2017

Posted on July 13, 2017 at 11:35 AM
"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him." Psalm 34:8 We recently canned black cherries. They are so good fresh that when you start eating them it is hard to stop. That's the way it is with some foods. You can hardly get enough. The psalmist, David, carries that sentiment over to our relationship with the Lord. He believed that if we would simply get a taste of God in our lives we would want more and more of Him. To taste God is a pretty unique way of describing what it means to experience Him. We talk about hearing God or seeing Him work in our lives. We talk about feeling His presence, but it's unusual to talk about tasting the Lord. To taste something is to truly experience it in an intimate way. It's more that a casual or superficial experience. In this Psalm, David invites his readers to experience the God he had come to know and love. He does this by giving witness to his own life's blessings from knowing God and describing the good things of God that accrue to those who serve Him. Some of these things are a deliverance from fear and shame, protection, and provision. He says, "those who seek the Lord lack no good thing." He assures us that God is attentive to our prayers and delivers us from our troubles. He is especially near to those who are discouraged and sad. David's call and invitation to us is to give the Lord a chance to do His good work in our lives. Just see if that isn't a positive experience that you will want to continue. Don't just observe the Lord from a distance. Get in there and truly get to know Him and ask Him to be involved with you as Lord of your life. You will enjoy the journey and experience God as a delightful part of your life. Go ahead! Taste and see! Pastor Jim

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