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Taste and See

May 4, 2016

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Taste  and See

“Self-help” books are very popular.     It makes one think about how God has promised  to be our help  in time  of need.     So much  of the time  people don’t even think  of going  to the Lord  for the help  they long for.     But,  Psalm 34:8  invites us to,

O taste  and see  that the LORD  is good;
How blessed  is the man  who takes refuge  in Him!

With whatever sort  of challenge  we might have,  God wants us  to go  to Him.     Only God  can guide us  in ways  that will be honestly right  and good  in this world.     For instance,  some people are really looking  for the approval  of others,  and 2 Timothy 2:15 shows us  what kind  of approval  we really should be looking for.     It says,

Be diligent  to present yourself approved  to God  as a workman  who does not need  to be ashamed,  handling accurately  the word  of truth.

Then,  many people  are very concerned  about their self-image.     They desire  to feel good  about themselves.     In Romans 8:29,  Paul tells us about the image  that will make us feel  so much better  about ourselves.     It says,

For whom  He foreknew,  He also predestined  to become conformed  to the image  of His Son.

We should all  be concerned  about self-improvement,  and actually need  to aim  for the very best kind  of self-improvement  as shown  in 2 Corinthians 5:17,

Therefore  if any man is  in Christ,  he is a new creature;  the old things  passed away;  behold,  new things  have come.

We often wonder how we can muster up  the human resources needed  to be all  that we can be  in this world.     2 Corinthians 3:5  shows us where  to look,

Not that we are adequate  in ourselves  to consider anything  as coming  from ourselves,  but our adequacy is  from God.

Life is different  when we know  our help comes  from the Lord.     The people  in the “self-help”  section of bookstores  are looking  for ways  they could use their self-efforts  in making themselves  into better people  according  to puny,  worldly standards.     We have it all turned around  from God’s wisdom.     Galatians 2:20  shows us  that it is much more important  to simply let Jesus live  in us.

I have been crucified  with Christ;  and it is no longer I who live,  but Christ lives  in me;  and the life  which I now live  in the flesh  I live by faith  in the Son  of God,  who loved me,  and delivered Himself up  for me.

What a difference there is between God’s improvement plan  and man’s “self-help”  ideas.

When it comes right down  to it,  the Bible  is the absolute best  “self help” book  anyone could ever have.     It has proven itself over and over  for thousands  of years  —  and its Author  is none other than  God Almighty,  Himself.     The authors  of all the other books  have their own foibles  and impracticalities.     But,  God is perfect  in all His ways  and His word  can mold us  to be pleasing  and useful  in His sight.

As we taste  and see  how good the Lord is,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You created us  and You alone know us perfectly well.     You know where we need self-improvement,  and You alone know how  to rightly mold us  and perfect us  in Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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