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Designed by God

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Devotion for Thursday, March 9, 2017

Designed to Relish Life

Read Psalm 34:8-14

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Taste and see that the LORD is good. Psalm 34:8

According to a CNN poll, the most delicious dish in the world was deemed to be an Indonesian specialty called rendang. The dish is usually made with beef that is simmered for hours with coconut milk and spices, including lemongrass, galangal, garlic, turmeric, ginger, and chilies.

We are designed by God to relish life, to enjoy the tastes, beauty, and wonders our world offers. In the Garden of Eden, God took Adam on a tour of his surroundings to show him the animals and the garden with its plentiful fruit (Gen. 2:19). Mercifully, even after the Fall we are still able to delight in the abundance of God’s good creation.

In today’s psalm, David praises His Creator. He encourages us to “taste and see that the LORD is good” (v. 8). All things delicious and beautiful should remind us that we serve a good God. The end of the sentence says we are blessed when we take “refuge” in God (v. 9). In other words, we choose well when we retreat into God’s presence, because He is an abundant host who created things that bring joy to our hearts. When we fear the Lord, we will not lack anything.

Throughout Scripture, God promises to care for our physical needs, but our first priority should be seeking His provision for our spiritual needs (see Matt. 6:33). Our goal in life should not be merely to complete our bucket list of experiences but rather to enjoy God Himself. When we seek God first, He gives us the delights of our heart. When we stay close to God, we will “lack no good thing” (v. 10).

David ends with a guide for life: “Turn from evil and do good, seek peace and pursue it” (v. 14). Life is not simply about satisfying our insatiable desires. It is an opportunity to draw close to God.

Apply the Word

Maybe this devotional has made you think about what you will serve for dinner or where you would love to go out to eat. Remember, the food we eat is meant to be enjoyed, but it should also point us back to God. Take time before you enjoy today’s dinner to thank God for providing food and for allowing us to relish life in this way.

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