Posted August 10, 2015
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard himand saved him out of all his troubles.7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,and delivers them.8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
In verses 4-5 we saw that like David, we all face trouble in life and seek out someone or something that might offer us relief. We also saw that when David sought the Lord, it was the Lord who delivered him from all his fears. Here in verse 6, David restates his cry for deliverance by describing himself as a “poor man.” He recognizes that the deliverance he needs cannot come from his own strength and resources but rather from the Lord. The wisdom of the world says that we must be stronger, try harder, and reach within ourselves. But David confesses his helplessness and looks to the Lord, not himself, for the deliverance he needs. We too can cry out to God in our poverty and weakness, in confidence that he will both hear us and save us out of the riches of both His power and goodness.
In verse 7, we see that the people of God (those who fear Him) are promised that the Lord is encamped around them, protecting them from their enemies. We have the assurance that we not left vulnerable in our weakness, rather we have the Lord’s divine protection. Though our enemies and troubles may seem to be surrounding around us, there is One greater than our enemies who is encamped around us who promises deliverance!
Furthermore, in verse 8, we are invited to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” To taste and see allows us to prove what we may have previously only believed to be true. We are called into deeper understanding of his goodness by experiencing it firsthand! In his book “Heaven Opened,” 17th century Puritan Richard Alleine said, “Our senses help our understandings; we cannot by the most rational discourse perceive what the sweetness of honey is; taste it and you shall perceive it.” David could have exhorted us to simply think upon all that God has done for us. Surely that would have been sufficient. But we are told to do much more - we are told to taste and savor his goodness! We are invited to taste and see that the Lord is good and experience the deep satisfaction that only comes with knowing God.
Finally, it is important that we avoid an empty optimism which says we will not face hardship, but remind ourselves that whatever difficulty we do face in this life is paled in comparison to the eternal pleasures of knowing God. Pastor Sam Storms helps remind us of this profound truth. “This isn’t to say that those who ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’ will be insulated from pain and persecution. Far from it. Their determination to seek ultimate satisfaction in God above all else may in fact expose them to even greater oppression and opprobrium. But it matters little, for abiding in his presence awakens spiritual joys that are incomparably full and spiritual pleasures that never lose their capacity to enthrall and satisfy (cf. Ps. 16:11).”
In these 3 verses we are called to confess our need, cry out to the Lord, take refuge in Him, and experience His goodness. What troubles are you facing right now? Are you trusting in the Lord’s strength or in your own? Christian, cry out to the Lord! Take refuge in Him and taste and see that He is good!
Devotional by Ryan Gikas.
Song by Brad Kilman.
Production & mix by Christopher Clark.
Artwork by KyLynn Richey.