For the next several weeks. We (the 15th and Crawford Street Church of Christ) will be stating several Bible principles and asking the questions: Have you heard? Do you agree? Do you follow and would you like to know more, giving everyone the opportunity to hear and believe (Romans 10:17). It is also an opportunity to learn (Acts 8:30-35). If you would like to write in, email any questions, or responses to be answered or published, feel free to do so.
Today's principle: Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good
If something is contagious, it is transmitted from one person to another either by direct contact with the person or by indirect contact. So is the Lord, contagious. David says in Psalm 34:8, "Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good." When you are in the presence of the Lord, how can one not be taken in.
Let's first look at the indirect contact approach. David says in verse one, "His praise shall continually be in my mouth." So this would mean David was praising God everywhere, not just in Sunday morning worship. Those within sight and sound of David on a daily basis would hear this: "Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together" (Psalms 34:3). David said, "The humble shall hear of it and be glad." In other words, the praise was contagious.
Now for the direct contact. "They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of his troubles" (Psalms 34:5-6). Once they were infected by the Lord, He took over. Verse seven, "The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them." And the best part of this infection is not a sickness, but blessedness. "Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!" says verse eight. If we trust and fear the Lord, we to will learn to praise Him continually like David.
Finally, David says I can teach you if the contagion has not fully developed. "Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it." (Psalms 34:13-14). Today our only way to find true peace is Jesus Christ. Won't today you pursue Him? We invite you taste and see that the Lord is good. Sure, you may find other ways to pass the time and enjoy life. But as said in verse 10, the young lion only eats when the mother can provide. Therefore, sometimes he goes hungry. As for those who seek the Lord, they shall not lack any good thing. If you would like to directly experience our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, join us this coming Lord's day morning. Bible study 10 a.m., worship 10:50 a.m. For more information write in or a visit: Church of Christ, 1423 S. Crawford, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.