The Lord is good

Psalm 34, 1 Peter 2:1-5

In his first epistle, Peter cites the psalmist and begs the church to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (1 Peter 2:2-3). Like a newborn baby develops a taste for its mother’s milk which feeds and nourishes the body, so too the people of God must develop a taste for God’s Word which feeds and nourishes the spirit and faith.

When Peter says “the word that was announced to you” he means the prophecies and promises concerning the Christ which are fulfilled through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Through the living Word that is Christ Jesus, God saves his people. No longer does evil have power over God’s children; no longer can the grave imprison the bodies of the faithful. Christ has triumphed! And so the sweet refrain is sung by those redeemed by God’s grace, “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ shall come again!”

As the psalmist reminds us, the Lord is so good. God comes to our rescue, delivers us from our fears and brings us into his everlasting kingdom. The sweetness of God’s love and assurance of his promises are made certain through Christ our Lord. God’s Word is the healing balm for all doubt and fear. Even in the face of evil, the Lord blesses those who call upon his name and sing his praise. The Lord listens and hears as the poor cry out and the hungry beg to be fed and provides for their every need. It is true; God prepares his table and gathers the faithful for the banquet of heaven. Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your amazing grace, which comes through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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