“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” (Psalm 34:8 ESV)
“The angel of the Lord stooped down to listen as I prayed, encircling me, empowering me, and showing me how to escape. He will do this for everyone who fears God. Drink deeply of the pleasures of this God. Experience for yourself the joyous mercies He gives to all who turn to hide themselves in Him. Worship in awe and wonder, all you who’ve been made holy! For all who fear Him will feast with plenty. Even the strong and the wealthy grow weak and hungry, but those who passionately pursue the Lord will never lack any good thing.” (Psalm 34:7-10 TPT)
I recently went to a farm stand to buy fresh fruits and vegetables that literally came in from the fields to the farm stand. It’s peach season, so I bought a bag full of peaches. This morning I ate one of the peaches. As I bit into it, the delicious flavor hit my mouth as the juice ran down my chin. The only word that truly describes fresh fruit is DELICIOUS. As I ate that peach I began to thank God in my mind for creating all the delicious fruits that we enjoy. I began to think about all the fruits and realized how each one is so refreshing and delicious. He created us with a sweet tooth and provided the best way to satisfy it!
The only thing sweeter and more refreshing than all the delicious fruits He created combined is His presence! His presence can only be described as DELICIOUS. What does delicious mean? It means delightful, exquisite, delectable, lovely, pleasurable, glorious, heavenly and divine. All of these words are perfect descriptions of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is altogether lovely. His glory is unapproachable light, yet we can still go there. In Him, there are pleasures forevermore. He is exquisite perfection. His fruit of the Spirit is delectable, heavenly and our divine destiny.
It is the passionate pursuit of the presence of the Lord and the cultivation of His Spirit’s fruit that brings the wonderful promise of Psalm 34 into our lives. It says to “drink deeply of the pleasures of God.” Our delight and desire to worship Him and align our lives with His perfect will is the meaning of drinking deeply of Him. Imagine coming in from a scorching hot day and drinking a big glass of ice cold fresh lemonade. When you are that thirsty, you can drink the whole glass in one long drought! That is the level of thirst we should have for His presence in our lives. The Bible says, “as the deer pants over the water, so my soul longs for You.” Just as surely as we can’t live long without water, we can’t survive spiritually without His precious presence.
We can never get to the place where we become complacent to the things of God. Where we forget His delightfulness, His faithfulness, His mercies, and kindnesses. The Bible says, that His mercies are “new every morning,” so our thankfulness should also be new every morning. I am learning the power of a thankful heart. There is tremendous power in thanksgiving to God in the MIDDLE of the storms of life. In the middle of the lack, in the middle of the sickness, in the middle of the mystery of “why me, Lord?” The Bible says, “having done all, stand.” When your back is against the Red Sea, what do you have to lose by thanking Him for everything you DO have? It’s a powerful way to live!
The presence of the Lord is the most delicious fruit of all! Begin your pursuit of His presence today…it begins with a thankful heart.
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