February 14, Reading 2 – Psalm 34

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SAA Notes

You can read about this incident in 1 Samuel 21. David did not passively sit and wait for God to do things. David used his wits to escape from Gath. He used his wits too to write this acrostic psalm. David gives the glory to the Lord, not to his wits!

SJA Notes

“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”

David is bursting with the wonderful knowledge of God’s goodness. To him, to His people at that time, and to us through all the ages.

This is what we grasp hold of and chew over. Taste and see – But see what? That the Lord is good!

David is not speaking some false prosperity doctrine when he says that those who seek the Lord lack no good thing, see the tension he raises alongside saying that many are the afflictions of the righteous.

They can seem as though two incompatible statements.

God’s people lack no good thing. God’s people have many afflictions.

And it is this verse (8) that holds the key,

“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!”

God is good! He is the source of good and truth, of grace and mercy. Good things, all of them, come from Him!

And like an outcropping of rock on a mountain in the middle of the raging storm, we are blessed to take refuge in Him.

We have the good things that are blessings. This doesn’t discount that we will have hard travails in life, sorrow and loss.

But God gives us good things!

And foremost among them is His saving us from our sin and its eternal consequences.

Praise God for His blessings to us!

* God Above,

Thank You for blessing us with good things, even in the midst of our afflictions.

Thank You for Your word, for Your Spirit working in us, for Your people around us encouraging and exhorting, for Your general grace to the world around us.

Thank You Lord!

Amen.

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