In life, when faced with circumstances as a result of decisions we didn’t choose, Would we perceive is at “good”?
The aftermath of life’s greatest storm leaves use reeling!
“Good” wouldn’t describe it, and, quite possibly, puts a proverbial, “bad taste in our mouth”, one of distrust and fear.
Let’s look at Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good, Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!”
We probably wouldn’t guess that David, the writer of this Psalm, was running from King Saul, the one who summoned him to play the harp as treatment for his own tormented heart, but, was also, so jealous he (King Saul) wanted him (David) dead.
As you can see in, 1 Samuel 20:31 NLT, King Saul made it clear to his son Jonathan, “As long as that son of Jesse is alive, you’ll never be king. Now go and get him so I can kill him!”
It was a love/hate relationship or maybe,more appropriately, a “love to hate” relationship.
In 1 Samuel 21:10, David left his home, ran for his life, and attempted to seek safety by approaching King Achish in the city Gath.
He overheard the servants of the King talking in, I Samuel 21: 11 NLT,“But the officers of Achish were unhappy about his being there,“Isn’t this David, the king of the land?” They asked,“Isn’t he the one the people honor with dances, singing,‘Saul has killed his thousands,and David his ten thousands’?”
Out of Fear, according to I Samuel 10:13 (NLT), he (David) pretended to be insane by scratching on doors and drooling down his beard,
and in I Samuel 10:14-15, (NLT), Finally, King Achish said to his men, “Must you bring me a madman? 15 We already have enough of them around here! Why should I let someone like this be my guest?
Realizing he wouldn’t be safe and was obviously not welcome, he fled to the cave of Adullam, according to I Samuel 22:1 (NLT).
Let me get this straight, this man, David, who killed bears with his hands and a giant with a sling and a stone was running with fear to a cave while proclaiming,”God is good”, all the while acting like a crazy man?
Yep, you guessed it!
In the midst of one of his darkest hours and lowest points of perceived insanity, he realized from where his help came. He held to what he knew, even when the flesh was acting all kinds of crazy!
I’ve been there, oh I’ve been there!
When life’s storms rage, and the days are long, but the nights longer, while the ground is shaking, GOD IS GOOD!
Let’s Read the complete chapter of Psalm 34
1 I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises.2 I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart.3 Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together. 4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.6 In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles.7 For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! 9 Fear the Lord, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need.10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the Lord.12 Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous?13 Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies!
14 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.15 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help.16 But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil; he will erase their memory from the earth.
17 The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.19 The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.
20 For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken!21 Calamity will surely destroy the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be punished.22 But the Lord will redeem those who serve him. No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.
Let this encourage you! To “taste and see that the Lord is good, is to realize that Jehovah, “The Existing One”, can be trusted, hoped in, and the source of our protection in the midst of all things.