Taste and See
I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord, let the humble hear and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed. This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord, and was saved from every trouble. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him. Psalm 34:1-8 (NRSV)
Florence Fong is from Singapore. The pungent smell of the durian often brings back fond childhood memories for her. Her late father used to lug home gunny sacks of durians from Malaysia. Her mother would line the floor with newspapers, and her family of six would gather around to enjoy this delicacy. It was an important family time for her.
In the past, it seemed a long wait until the durian season, when we could once again enjoy the fruit. These days, durians are readily available in many places, even in supermarkets. Most people just take them for granted.
Those who have never tasted the durian may simply be put off by its unpleasant smell and its thorny appearance. Likewise, those who do not know Jesus Christ, the King of kings, or have tasted his goodness may just turn away from him, based on limited understanding of who he is. But by opening our hearts to God's goodness revealed in Jesus we can find joy that comes when we make a commitment to follow Jesus - wherever he may lead us.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for your love and the gift of salvation. Help us to discover your goodness as we learn to trust in you. We offer this prayer in Your precious name. Amen.
From the Upper Room