All the Verbs

The Psalms are full of drama: love and loss, hurt and longing. This morning I have been looking at the drama in Psalm 34. The little bit of “extra” that you get with a few of the Psalms says that David wrote this piece of poetry during a very intense time in his life: on the run from his king, Saul, separated from his best friend, Jonathan, and dismissed - after some desperate play acting - from the neighboring, enemy kingdom that he had tried to find refuge in. It is very likely that David wrote this Psalm sitting in a cave. (See 1 Samuel 21:10-22:1 for details.)
 
In the end, as usual, David praises God and encourages us to do the same. In particular, he encourages us to do four things: seek, taste, take cover in and fear the Lord.
 
When it comes to asking for help and paying respect, we know that they apply to all of life. We know (and many times do) go to God in times of trouble. We know (and often do) fear God and pay respect to His commands for all of life. We know, for example, that stealing from a friend is the same thing, whether it is during a Bible study at his or her house or during a football game.
 
But do we recognize that the first two actions, seeking and tasting God, also apply to all of life? That we can (and should be learning how to) seek God and experience God in every aspect of life? For me, the phrase “taste and see that the Lord is good” (v. 8) brings up images of singing together and quietly reading the Bible. These are the first things I think of (and I am grateful for the experiences!) But why am I so slow to remember the time I truly experienced God in a good workout or in the middle of a demanding but rewarding task at work? In other words, why do I more easily see the encouragement to respect God and run to God for help in trouble in all of life but do not so easily see that seeking God and enjoying his presence also applies to all of life?

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