Our call to worship tonight is from Psalm 34, verses 8 though 10:
O taste and see that the Lord is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
9 O fear the Lord, you His saints;
For to those who fear Him there is no want.
10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.
Last week our call to worship was a plea from the psalmist to make God seen. In this same Psalm we are given a description of what this is God is like—He is good. It says here that to those who fear and seek God no good thing is held back from them.
The dictionary and thesaurus try and give a picture of what good is by some of the following words and definitions:
Of a favorable tendency or character; bountiful, handsome, attractive, not depreciated, free of injury or disease, something that can be relied upon, profitable, advantageous, agreeable, pleasant, full, true, adequate, loyal, honorable, and satisfactory... just to name a few.
It is splendid to consider that the Lord would give us such things.
Yet there are times that we feel like the lions in these verses, who—though they are at the peak of their strength, suffer from not having enough. And in these feelings our worship to God is threatened by the belief that God has not really given us good things.
It is then our charge to go back to the beginning and grasp the tangible reality that God is good. Taste it—see it—be blessed by taking refuge in Him!
For whether or not we can see profitableness for what we are currently given, we trust that He who works all things for good is working on our behalf.
For God Himself is good: favorable of character, bountiful, free from depreciation, able to relied upon, pleasant, full, adequate, and satisfactory. And at the end of the day, God does not withhold good from us because He has not withheld Himself from us.
Our God is good. Let us strive to make that seen and experienced in our worship together tonight.