Saturday, June 7, 2014

June 7 – Free from fear

Taste and see that the Lord is good! How blessed is the one who takes shelter in him! Remain loyal to the Lord, you chosen people of his, for his loyal followers lack nothing! Even young lions sometimes lack food and are hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.  (Psalm 34:8-10  NET)

This psalm was written by King David after he had pretended to be insane before the King of Gath. David’s plan succeeded when the king declared him harmless and had him released. When his life was at great risk, David was determined to see the deliverance of God.

When he challenges us to “taste and see” that the Lord is good, he has personal experience of what happens when a person does. Basically he is telling us to test God, to act on His promises and experience for ourselves whether or not they will come true. Sadly, most Christians today do not do this. They view faith and God as a club membership, a place where they can go to see friends, where there’s good music, and a funny sermon. The idea of testing God and seeing miraculous results is a foreign idea to them… even though they profess to believe in a God that has always done miracles for His people.

David’s excitement at being protected while in enemy hands made him compare men and women of faith to young lions. Though powerful, natural killers, and considered one of the top predators of God’s creation, they will at times go hungry — but as God’s children we never will. We will lack no good thing.

We all need to view ourselves in a more powerful way… stronger even than young lions.

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