“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8Psalm 34:1-8
They say the only sure things in this world are death and taxes. When we read David’s Shepherd’s Psalm, we see otherwise. What you can always be sure of, my friend, is the goodness of your Lord and Savior. Surely the goodness of God will follow you all of your days—beyond taxes and beyond even death!
When we focus on the evil that has so saturated the world we live in, we’re prone to think that perhaps God has deserted us. I hardly could blame God if He did! Yet He has not abandoned us at all, nor will He ever. Remember, He promised in the beginning of the Bible that He would “never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
When we look closely at ourselves—as the psalmists often did—and see our many failings, we realize there is no certainty or guarantee which we could fabricate to assure us that all will come out good in the end. Only God Himself gives us that assurance. And He does, because He is surely good and most perfectly loving: “The Lord is good and His love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34).
Even through trials we can say, “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13).