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O taste and see that the lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. (Ps. 34:8KJV)

 

Taste and see” does not mean, check out God’s qualifications. Instead, it is a gracious summons to “Try this - I know that you’ll love it.” When we take that first step in obedience toward Him, we cannot help discovering that He is indeed good, merciful and kind. When we began to walk in the Christian way, our knowledge of God is partial and incomplete. As we trust Him each day, we will experience how kind and merciful our Lord really is. Study His Word and discover as the Psalmist did, that the Lord’s Word is sweeter than honey (Ps.119:103).
 

O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. (Ps. 34:9 KJV)

 

Sometimes we say we belong to the Lord, but do we really fear Him? To actually fear the Lord would allow one to demonstrate deep respect and honor to God. We demonstrate true reverence by our humble attitude and genuine worship unto Him. Reverence was exampled in the Bible on numerous occasions. Every man and woman of God in the Bible left behind a legacy of obedience and humility and great reverence in the sight of God. Reverence was shown by Abraham in Genesis 17:3 when Abraham fell on his face before the Lord. Reverence was also exampled by Moses in Exodus 3:6 when Moses hid his face from the Lord out of fear. The children of Israel also exampled reverence in Exodus 19:16 when the people trembled before the Lord. Their reactions to God’s presence varied, but all deeply respected Him. We may say we respect God and we may say we belong to Him, but does He view our actions as respect. Have we obeyed and followed in obedience and performed our duties and submitted ourselves to the appropriate scriptures so that we DO actually belong to God?

 Note in v.9 that the promises in this Psalm are conditional, reserved only for those who genuinely fear the Lord. God promises to deliver us from fear (v.4), which means to save us from trouble (v.6,17); send angels to encamp round about us (v.7); supply our needs (v.9); give us abundant life (v.12); hear our prayers (v.15); comfort us with His presence(v.18); and redeem our souls (v.22); but only if we seek the Lord. (v.4,10); cry to him (v.6); draw close to him, fear him (v.7,9);keep our tongues from the evil of lying (v.13); remain separate from the evil world (v.14); do good and pursue peace (v.14); have contrite hearts(v.18); and become His servants (v.22).

 In Ps 34:10, The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. At first we may question David’s statement because we seem to lack many good things according to the ideas of our flesh. This is not a blanket promise that Christians have everything they want. Instead, this is the Psalmist’s praise for God’s goodness. All those that call upon God, in their need, will be answered; sometimes in unexpected ways. We must always remember that God knows what we truly need and our deepest needs are those of a spiritual nature. Many Christians, even though they face unbearable poverty and hardship, still have enough spiritual nourishment to live for God. David was saying, that to have God is to have all that we really need. God IS enough. If we feel we don’t have everything we need, we must ask (Mat. 7:7-14). We must ask ourselves: (1) Is this really a need? (2) Is this really good for me? (3) Is this the best time for me to have what I desire? Even if we answer “yes” to all three questions, we should ask ourselves a fourth question. In receiving what we desire, would it lead us closer to God or further away? In other words, if receiving what we desire at this point in time, would it hinder or enhance our dedication, honor, respect and service to God?

God may allow us to go without for a season, to help us grow more dependent on Him. This grows strong faith. It requires faith to please God. (Is.11:6) God may want us to learn that we need him more than we need to achieve our immediate desires. In Ps.34:11 it states: “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.” As we study God’s word, we will notice that the Bible often connects the fear of the Lord (love and reverence for Him) with obedience. “Fear God and keep his commandments”. (Ecc.12:13). “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching”. (John 14:23) The Psalmist said that a person who fears the Lord, doesn’t lie. People who fear the Lord will turn from evil and they will do good. Those that fear the Lord will promote peace. We must remember in our endeavor to serve the Lord, reverence is much more than just sitting quietly in a church service at some time or another. True reverence to God means obeying God in the way we speak and in the way we treat others; however it even goes further than that. True reverence is submitting our will to God’s will. True reverence is turning to the Word and saying these words in our heart, “What shall I do?” This brings us back to the initial statement of this track “Taste and see that the Lord is Good”. At this point, when we open our Bible, ready to taste and partake of His truth, we must become stirred in our heart as they were on the day of Pentecost. It was this stirred feeling that prompted them to ask “What must we do?” (Acts 2:37) Ask and ye shall receive. They asked and they received the instruction that would save them from this untoward (uncivilized) generation.

 Please Ask “What Shall I Do?”  Then Read and Obey Acts 2:38 Today!

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Mt. Pisgah United Pentecostal Church

 Invite you and your family to come visit our church as soon as possible. Prepare now to join us in worship this Sunday morning at 10am, evening service 6pm, mid week - Wednesday at 7pm.

 

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 331 Hwy 594
Leakesville, MS 39451
9601) 394-2751
Rev. Karl L. Causey
Senior Pastor

 

Enjoy dynamic worship, anointed preaching, Bible teaching for all ages, anger management classes and exciting Sunday school classes from nursery age through pre-teen and teen youth groups. We also offer free Bible Studies to all who request one. These Bible Studies may be taught in your home, in a quiet private setting at our church or you may want to join a group study that will be held in our church.