Taste and see that the LORD is good! How blessed is the person who trusts in him!Psalm 34:8(ISV)
Over and again in the Bible we discover wonderful ways that the Lord delivers His servants from their afflictions and saves them from the hands of their enemies, which was the reason that David penned this verse of great joy and rejoicing: O taste and see that the Lord is good, was his joyful song, how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.
Through David had been anointed king of Israel, he was on the run from Saul, who had become jealous of God’s anointed one, and in his attempt to flee from one bitter enemy David fled into the arms of another deadly adversary - the king of the Philistines!
Achish the king, recognised David as the man who was proclaimed throughout Israel as being the great champion of God’s chosen people: Saul has slain his thousands, was their joyful chant, and David has slain his tens of thousands.
He realised that he was vulnerable, and in his attempt to escape from harm, David changed his behaviour and feigned madness, dribbling from his mouth and simulating insanity. Yes, his little play-acting worked and in David escaped from his enemy.
God still had work for David to do, and whether by his amateur dramatics or by some alternative strategy, David recognised the protecting hand of God upon His life and was prepared to give thanks and praise to God for His wonderful deliverance from his enemies.
David was a man after God’s own heart who recognised the sustaining hand of God in his own life and gave honour and praise to the Lord at all times. And like David, we would do well to keep under the shadow of God’s protective arm, to seek Him in the midst of our trial and tribulations, and cry out to the Lord for deliverance from the enemies into whose path we run – so that we too may rejoice with great joy and encourage others to taste and see that the Lord is good How truly blessed is the man who takes refuge in the Lord.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word and the wisdom that it contains. May I seek You in all the difficulties and dangers of life and recognise Your guiding hand of grace and protection, knowing that all who trusts in You will never be put to shame, thank You in Jesus' name, AMEN.