By April Knopp
“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will boast in the Lord; the humble will hear and be glad. Proclaim the Lord’s greatness with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he answered me and rescued me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant with joy; their faces will never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him from all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and rescues them. Taste and see that the Lord is good. How happy is the person who takes refuge in Him! You who are his holy ones, fear the Lord, for those who fear him lack nothing.” Psalm 34:1-9
David writes taste and see that the Lord is good. How happy is the person who takes refuge in Him. What a testimony and a challenge that is. David knew the Goodness of God. One thing I love about fellowshipping and sharing meals with others is trying new things. We exclaim “taste this,” when we try a dish that’s too good to keep to ourselves. We want others to taste and try what we have discovered. That’s how David is. Taste and see for yourself. David had walked with the Lord for a long time. The security he had in the Lord still encourages us today.
I’ve been thinking a lot about hungering and thirsting for the Lord. In this media filled life we live, we get notifications galore that keeps our phones in our hands way more than our Bible. I’ve lost the desire to be in the Word like I used to be. It’s hard for me to focus, slow down or make time. Due to me not being in the Word like I should, I have been hungering and thirsting for Him.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6
For they should be satisfied . . . I can assure you Facebook, Instagram, people, things, shopping, and vacations do not satisfy me. I mean they can bring temporary rest or happiness, but much like Solomon says in Ecclesiastes, these things are futile. What fills me is godly friendships and quiet times that have no time table where I can get lost reading God’s Word.
“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1
I love this verse, but I miss the first part some days. I’m not earnestly seeking Him.
I have jokingly said over the years I’ve been dehydrated for 10 years now. I do not like drinking water. There are times I’m literally thirsty and still do not drink water. I know it sounds crazy, BUT do we not do the same spiritually? He is the living water, we have access to Him yet, we are spiritually dehydrated. We hunger and thirst yet avoid the very thing that can fill us up or quench our thirst.
He is the only one who can quench our thirst.
He is sweeter than honey.
Don’t take my word . . .
Taste and see . . .
April lives in Central Arkansas with her husband. They have two grown sons and two precious daughter-in-laws. They own a small electrical business and enjoy working together during their newly empty nesting season. April is new to working with United Publishing and hopes to have her first book published in 2024. Her mission and heart is to teach, share, encourage. and minister to people of all ages in and through God’s word. Her desire is to point people closer to the Lord in real-life situations. She loves to share scripture in day-to-day conversations and posts. https://www.seek-him-first.com/https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100091354480363