Saturday, May 16, 2009

Psalm 34: Taste and see

Psalm 34:1 could be the mission statement for our lives. Can you think of anything more grand, more encompassing than blessing the Lord at all times? Can you imagine praising God continually with your mouth?

After announcing his mission in life to bless the Lord at all times, the singer invites all the humble to join him in song: Let us exalt his name together.
Don't miss the interconnection between worship as lifestyle, and worship within community. My sense is that the richness of personal worship enriches worship in community. The idea of worship as purely an individual, private act is foreign to the bible.

I hear people imply that the Psalms are so redundant (read boring). How many different ways can one talk about and worship God?

If God is the ground and center of our lives, and if we are called to respond to God's grace and mercy, then eternity will never be enough to know God and worship his great name.

The rest of Psalm 34 outlines specific ways and instances of God's kindness. I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears (34:4). This is well-spring of our worship. We cried to God in our distress and he delivered us from all our fears.

And then you have to read v.8: O taste and see that Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. I hope you have some time today to read Psalm 34 from start to finish.

Father, even if we had a thousand tongues to praise your name, it would not be enough. You are beautiful beyond description; you are wonderful in all your ways; you are good and your mercy endures forever. Grant that we would taste and see and know that you are good. Amen