“0 taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.”
This psalm witnesseth to the most anguished portion of David’s life. He was fleeing before the face of Saul. He was warned by his bosom friend Jonathan, and arriving at the friendly territory of Nob and the priest Ahimelech, he and his party were quickened by the holy bread of the Lord. Receiving the mighty sword of Goliath, he sped away to king Achis in Gath. And there he had to act the crazy man in order to escape with his life.
Listen to the psalm itself: it will tell you of all his anguish and distress. “All my fears; out of all my troubles; broken, heart and contrite spirit; this poor man cried and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles; He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.” All expressions, telling us of the sad plight of David’s soul.
By the way: the last of these expressions tells us also of the suffering of Jesus which was lived before by His shadow in the Old Testament.
But all of the expressions tell of the troubles of the church of Jesus Christ. First it is Jesus; then of David; and also of us the church of God.
And yet: never fear!
Harken to this: ”The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them!”
Which causeth the same David to be our teacher today: “0 taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.”
God is good!
Apart from the creature: God is good, is essentially, eternally good. There is no darkness in Him whose name is the Light!
What does this mean?
It means that God is wholly light, truth, righteousness, holiness, purity, love, grace, mercy, life. It means that there is not even the shadow of anything that is evil or dark.
Now we know that the curse of God is right around and within the creature. And yet, there is such wondrous testimony of His goodness!
His goodness crowns the seasons, His footsteps drop fatness, even after the fall. The last time I talked with you I had occasion to call your attention to the veritable chorus of voices in creation, all telling the same story: God is so inexpressibly good !
No, beloved reader, you and I do not see this constantly, otherwise you and I would do nothing but sing and praise and adore Him who is the song of the angels and of souls of men made perfect.
We are too busy altogether with ourselves and those whom we love and hate. We are altogether too busy with things and not with God.
The other day I thought: here I am eating. How delicious is the taste of all this food and drink. And lo and behold: I eat and swallow, and my food is gone into the darkness of the inside of my body. But God goes with it all, and He continues to work within me so that every particle will do its work for me. I say: Well, this was an excellent meal! And for quite a while the languor of my body is a message that all went well inside! I am strengthened and will presently rest and sleep.
And why? Because God is so wonderfully good! He worked and worked within me so that my strength was renewed like the eagle.
But I forgot.
Thousand dangers are around and within me from moment to moment. But the Angel of the Lord encampeth around me, and I am blest. Thousands of the dangers I was not even aware of. But my Father cares and is very busy about me.
Is He not good?
But what shall I say of that goodness which appertains to spiritual, glorious, eternal and heavenly life? What shall I say of that?
Let us stand together before the cross of Golgotha, and then talk of His goodness!
God saw me in my blood: filthy, corrupt, dead, utterly miserable, and on the way to everlasting damnation: a child of wrath.
And from the quiet wakes of eternity He said: I love you! I love you so much that I will go to hell for you, so that you may go to heaven!
He said everlastingly: you will not have anything to do with Me; you will send messengers after Me, saying: I will not have Him to be my King! But I will love you nevertheless. My love is an eternal thing, a blessed thing. And it is unchangeable.
When you will curse and swear, and tell everyone within hearing: I know not the Man! Then I will pray for you. And later I will say to you: Lovest thou Me?
You will grow to be eighty years old on the wicked earth, and every day you will sin against Me, and forget Me, and at night you will come to Me weeping for shame and confusion. But I will never cast you off. I will always open My arms and receive you again and again and again.
I see now always the glorious place I have prepared for you in My heaven: you are kept for that place, even as that place is kept for you. You cannot miss going to heaven.
What think ye, my dear friends, of that kind of goodness?