Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
In Isaiah 40:29-31, you find a similar contrast to the one drawn here:
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.”
‘Fearing’ the Lord and ‘seeking’ the Lord belong. David invites others (he invites us!) to experience for themselves what he had known of the Lord’s goodness. These verses are the Old Testament equivalent of Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6:33:
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
This is not ‘prosperity teaching.’ It is about the supplying of ‘needs’ rather than ‘greeds.’ But many believers can speak from personal experience about the Lord’s overflowing generosity to them. They have ‘tasted’ and ‘seen’ that “the Lord is good” – in numerous ways. Consider also Psalm 84:11:
“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favour and honour; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”
It’s been pointed out that defence and supplies were David’s pressing needs in 1 Samuel 21 (the background passage to this psalm. He turns from the first of these, in verse 7, to the second, in verses 8,9, showing the same faith as in Psalm 23:1:
“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.”
I think of Paul’s words in Romans 8:32:
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
Prayer: Lord God, we revel in your abundant goodness. You are generous to us beyond any deserving on our part. Thank you, in Jesus’ Name.
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