Those commercials with a money-back guarantee fascinate me.
We all have probably heard and/or seen those commercials offering to give you a product for a certain amount of time and, if
you don’t like the product, you can send it back and not pay for it. I heard one commercial recently, offering to let you use a mattress for an extended period of time. If you didn’t want to keep it, the company would come and pick it up. Wow! These companies have to be quite confident that, once you try whatever product it is they are selling, it will meet (and possibly exceed) your expectations.
David, in Psalm 34, said:
“Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
David knew about difficulties, struggles, hardships, tough times, etc. He also knew God–that God is a deliverer who listens (“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears,” Psalm 34:4). David had EXPERIENCED God is his own life. But not only did David experience God in his life, he wanted others to know what God was like in their own lives. In the beginning of Psalm 34, David calls on the reader to “…Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.” (vs. 3). He wanted other people to experience God, and to worship God, along with him.
David, in verse 8, is giving an invitation to all who read his words: try God and His ways. Once you do, you will know that He is GOOD and you will experience blessing as you find your protection in Him. Now David isn’t saying that everything in life will be perfect once you follow God (see verse 19: “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all”), but he is making his money-back guarantee (of sorts) that you will know of God’s goodness and protection as you give your life to Him, follow Him, love Him, fear (revere, honor, respect) Him etc.
Take time today to read through Psalm 34, consider what David said, and then consider how you will respond to his invitation to “Taste and see…”