Friday, May 4, 2007

The Happiness of Tasting and Trusting

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
(Psalm 34:8)
Trusting in the Lord is a major key to happiness. In Psalm 2, God sends out this invitation to the nations and kings who wanted to rage against Him and Messiah:
Serve the LORD with fear
And rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest He be angry,
And you perish in the way,
When His wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
(Psalm 2:11-12)
There is also:
Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust,
And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
(Psalm 40:4)

O LORD of Hosts,
Blessed is the man who trusts in You.
(Psalm 84:12)

He who heeds the Word wisely will find good,
And whoever trust in the LORD, happy is he.
(Proverbs 16:20)
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good. In other words, it is something you have to experience for yourself. No one else can do it for you.

Recently, someone gave my wife and me a recipe* for apple dumplings that were very delicious. I could spend all day telling you about it, but you will never really know how good it is until you taste it for yourself.

It is the same way with God. I could spend all day — and more — telling you just how wonderful He is and what a mighty God He has been in my life, but you will never really understand until you experience Him for yourself.

The LORD is good. In everything He says, everything He does, everything He gives, He is good. And He is ready to show you His goodness; that is what David offers this invitation so freely. God has a wonderful plan and purpose for your life, and He wants to lavish it upon you.

But in order to taste and see that the LORD is good, you are going to have to learn to trust Him. The Bible says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

You might be thinking, “Oh, but I don’t have enough faith.” But here is some good news for you: God will you give you the faith to trust Him. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). The Bible says that “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).

If you would like to experience for yourself the goodness of God in your life, begin by getting into His word. As you open your heart up to Him, the Spirit of God awaken faith within you, so you can believe all the promises of God and put your trust fully in Him. Happiness will follow.

*Recipe:
APPLE DUMPLING COBBLER
1 18 oz can of crescent rolls
2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and quartered
1 cup orange juice
2/3 cup sugar
½ cup butter
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

Unroll crescent rolls and separate. Wrap each apple quarter with dough. Place in a lightly greased 13x9 baking dish. Combine orange juice, sugar and butter in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and pour over dumplings. Stir the remaining sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over dumplings. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until dumplings are golden brown and mixture is bubbly.

Taste and see!