“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.” Psalm 34:8
I love telling people about what life is like in New York City, and more often than not, I boil it down to two simple stories that deal with the sights and bites out of the Big Apple.
I tell my friends that NYC has the best food in the world. Eating tacos at Taco Numero Uno in Chelsea Market is something I look forward to. “You can’t eat a bad meal,” I say.
I also like to tell the story of how fast paced the city is – you know, the City that Never Sleeps.
“I go out to buy groceries and I start at a leisure walk, but when I look around and see that everyone is rushing to get where they are going, I immediately realize that I have to hurry to get my groceries – it’s now part of the hustle of living in the big city.
So when I read Psalm 34, verse 8 stuck out to me. We talk a lot about what we eat and what we see. It changes us.
David, the writer of the psalm, knew that we experience God on the inside – what we eat – a very personal and individual experience. Our diet affects how we live our lives, sometimes sluggishly (too often for me) or with fresh energy and renewed strength.
What we see is on the outside. We have to choose how we respond to what we see.
The psalm also tells us we are “blessed” when we make God our home, that safe place where we can let our guard down and just be ourselves.
So, today, partake of God’s Word, dig into His feast of love, mercies, grace, goodness, kindness, justice, and purity. Look for His hand of protection and provision in your life.
Thank you, Lord God, for giving us food every day and letting us see that You are good, that You love us, and that we can take refuge in You. Help us do that now. Amen.