I sought the Lord and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. (vv 4-5)
As we often see, the psalms are intensely personal. Starting as the voice of one man, through the centuries these magnificent poems have created the foundation for countless prayers. You may read and use the psalter in such a manner. What is more important is the reason that we are attracted to the psalms and that is that we see our own experiences played out in the lives of others. We have faced danger and the Lord has delivered us. We have been surrounded by enemies and the Lord has delivered us. Our story, as we see David’s, is of value to those around us whether they know the Lord or not.
Our greatest purpose is to live lives that invite others to taste the glory of God. Our words and actions should be so winsome that others cannot resist asking their source. In the wisdom component of this psalm, David voices these imperatives.
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. (v 8)
Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (vv 12-13)
Let’s make it our mission this week (and beyond) to be purposeful in our joy and peace. Let is radiate from us and extend the invitation to come and taste…
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