Saturday, December 9, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him.
LISTEN: Beloved, do you know that God is good? Truly, God is good. But until you try and trust Him you cannot discover how good He is to mankind. However, you cannot trust what you have not tried. You cannot enjoy God when you do not know Him. Besides, you cannot know God until you have tried Him by His word. (1 Peter 2 : 2 – 3). Our verse of the day says, “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him.”(Psalms 34 : 8). The Psalmist has tasted God and have seen how good the Lord is in protecting, preserving and providing for His people. (Psalms 119 :103). He went further to say that blessed is the man that trusts in him. This simply means that, when you have finally discovered who God really is, that experience will bring joy and happiness into your life. Beloved, when you taste God you cannot walk in darkness of sin and sorrow anymore: when you taste Him, you will realise that life is useless and empty without Him.
Beloved, determine to taste God today if you have not yet done that. To taste God is not to feel Him with the tongue as food, but to trust His faithfulness and experience His goodness in return. Here we have a call to the enjoyment of divine goodness (Psa 34:8). Two things are necessary to the enjoyment of this goodness: firstly, is freedom from a sense of guilt; and secondly, a sense of true gratitude. Beloved, enjoying God’s goodness involves having trust in Him. It is our trust in Him that ensures true blessedness. Without a relationship with God you cannot experience His goodness. You will be tempted to criticise, mock or even blaspheme the LORD because you know nothing about Him. But when you eventually taste Him you will exclaim like the Psalmist in our verse of the day, ” O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him!” Beloved, may we desire to taste the LORD henceforth, in Jesus’ name.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to surrender yourself to God and you will enjoy His faithfulness.
2. Strive to establish a relationship with God and do not resist Him anymore.
3. Determine to be free from a sense of guilt and enjoy God’s goodness and mercy.
4. Learn to taste the goodness of God by putting your trust in Him and His word.
Daily Prayer: Blessed Father, you are so good to me. Therefore, I thank you for your love towards me, help me to trust and obey you always, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Task: Beloved, desire to “taste God” by trusting His faithfulness and you will experience His goodness in return.
Daily Reflection: Those who have tasted God cannot walk in darkness of sin and sorrow: and they will realise that life is useless and empty without Him.
Daily Quote: No matter the unfairness of life, God’s goodness to mankind cannot be denied.
Today In History: December 9, 1992 U.S. Marines land in Somalia to ensure food and medicine reaches the deprived areas of that country.
SAY THIS: Today, I confess with my mouth, that God is good. Life may be unfair to me, but I believe, and therefore confess that God is always good no matter what, in Jesus’ name, amen
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today, I prophesy over your life, may God deliver you from the darkness of sin and sorrow. May you not neglect to honour, obey and acknowledge Him as your Lord, in Jesus’ name.