Friday, August 7, 2015

Psalm 34:8 O Taste and See the Lord is Good

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, 9 Aug: 1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34:1-8; Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35, 41-51

TEXT OF THE WEEK: Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

THOT OF THE WEEK: If we have Jesus, we have tasted all the goodness of our Father-God. God’s goodness towards us is expressed in the care of our total person—body, soul and spirit. 

From the restoration of the physical and emotional state of a nearly burn-out Elijah with bread, water and sleep to the regeneration of our spiritual state by imparting God’s eternal life through Jesus the Bread of Life, God has shown us how good He is towards us as His children. So David could proclaim, “O taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” 

When we have Jesus, we have all that we need—every good gift and every spiritual blessing come through Jesus: “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Through Jesus, we experience the grace of God coming in our way to sustain our body, soul and spirit. All the promises of God are Yes and Amen in Christ: "For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory" (2 Corinthians 1:20). Jesus is indeed God’s sustaining grace. If we have Him, we have everything. 

A story is told about a rich widower with a mansion where he had collected priceless arts and paintings worth millions of dollars. He had his young son’s portrait painted but before it was completed the son died in a tragic accident while out with his house servant. The father intended his wealth to be bequeathed to his son. But since the son died before the father, the father rewrote his will that when he died, he wanted all of his priceless collection to be sold at an auction. But in the will, he insisted that the first painting to be auctioned must be his son’s incomplete portrait. At the auction, the son’s incomplete portrait was the first painting offered for bidding. But none of the potential buyers was interested in this half-done portrait of the man’s son—except the house-servant who loved the son. He bid for it at a low starting price. When there was no higher bid, the lawyer announced the auction was over. For the rich man’s will bequeath everything in the house to the person who bought his son’s portrait. 

This story reminds us that “He who has the son has life”—when we have Jesus, we have everything else beside—in heaven and on earth. Hallelujah! God is good indeed! Amen.

Father, what amazing grace You have shown us who were once sinners, deserving nothing but eternal damnnation. But yet You have shown us mercy through Your Son Jesus and gave us everything through Him who is our Saviour and Lord. Amen.

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