Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 10-21-21

Intro: Many people desire God’s blessings, but I am not sure they understand receiving those blessings requires active participation. We must respond to God’s invitation through obedience to his Word. If we are willing to follow God’s will for our lives, we will run right into the blessings of God.

In our passage today, David invites us to taste and see [drink deeply] the goodness of God. David knows loneliness and desperation. He also proclaims how God came every time to be his Refuge. As we make the journey though life with the Lord, our understanding of his goodness becomes more and more complete, too. God listens to our prayers and brings the necessary answers. God desires to free us from all fears, save us from our troubles, guard and deliver us, and fill us with his joy. Those are great blessings, indeed! I will praise the Lord at all times!

Psalm 34:1-8 (NLT)

I will praise the Lord at all times.
    I will constantly speak his praises.

I will boast only in the Lord;
    let all who are helpless take heart.

Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;
    let us exalt his name together.

I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.
    He freed me from all my fears.

Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
    no shadow of shame will darken their faces.

In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;
    he saved me from all my troubles.

For the angel of the Lord is a guard;
    he surrounds and defends all who fear him.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.
    Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for lifting me out of the darkness of helplessness into your glorious Light of salvation. I will speak your praises. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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