While working on chores in the house with my daughter, I gave her dog a bone to keep her busy. The bone was saved from a Sunday roast – a rare and delightful treat these days as I rarely cook a whole roast or whole chicken these days.
While I knew she’d enjoy it, I had forgotten how much and how completely she’d engage herself in getting to every morsel of meat left and every bit of marrow inside the bone. Her tail wagged slowly in enjoyment and it was so adorable I had to capture a pic in between sweeping, mopping and meal prep.
How silly isn’t it though, that I forgot how much she’d enjoy it? And how much time she could spend rolling it around. Isn’t it the same with us though with scripture? Sometimes, a scripture can be so delicious and dense and we roll it around and around in our minds. Each time, coming up refreshed, renewed or with new insights.
I think this is what the Psalmist was referring to in verse 8 of Psalm 34 where he says:
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.”
Our God isn’t just some distant God that is disinterested in our souls. Instead, He is so personal that He interacts even with all of our senses.
Even here, in this Psalm where we find David rejoicing after the Lord had mercy on him despite his many errors and missteps, you see Our God, interactive and mighty. And isn’t it interesting that its not that David was so perfect in this moment – in fact, he had just pretended to be something he wasn’t – but, he was in that moment open and available to the Lord.
This is something delightful that I’m chewing on, just as my daughter’s dog chews on her delightful bone. Its not that David was so perfect in that moment; but God is. We don’t need to be perfect; we need to work on having willing hearts and a desire to please the Lord. He can take care of the rest.
Have you ever been so busy with trying to get everything to be perfect? Or, in the ensuing exhaustion, feel that you’ve missed the mark? Today, this month, this year, delight in the thought that you don’t need to be perfect. Delight that the Lord is good and that we are blessed as we take refuge in Him.
What’s exhausting you today or weighing you down? How could you give it over to the Lord?