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Summary: How many times were you told as a little kid to taste something and see if you like it? Well, here is an invitation from God to give Him a test of His goodness, and He never fails to satisfy.

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Taste and See

Griffith Baptist Church – 6/22/08

P.M. Service

Text: Psalm 34

Main Verse: Psalms 34:8 - O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

The Introduction

How many times were you told as a little kid to taste something and see if you like it?

o Broccoli, squash, Brussels sprouts, peas (yech)

o Pizza, cotton candy, tacos, soda (yum)

o Shouldn’t the major food groups be based on taste rather than what’s good for you?

o Guilt could be forever removed

The reality is that many times we didn’t know if we would like something because we had never tried it.

Well, here is an invitation from God to give Him a test of His goodness, and He never fails to satisfy.

The Hebrew word used has to do with perceiving.

How well do you perceive God and His goodness?

God is always giving evidence of His goodness so that our faith will increase

1. Praise - 34:1-3

2. Protection - 34:4-7

3. Provision - 34:8-14

4. Proximity - 34:15-18

5. Preservation - 34:19-22

Transition Statement: First, what hinders or deteriorates our perception of God.

Body

1. What Hinders our Perception of God?

A. Pride (2 - the humble shall hear thereof . . .)

i. It is pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began. - C. S. Lewis

ii. Our heads swell up because of:

a. Talents and accomplishments

b. Praise from others

iii. Nothing interferes worse with how we view God than self-admiration.

iv. He must increase but I must decrease (John 3:30)

v. If you are going to boast, boast about God - Jeremiah 9:24 - But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

B. Fear (4 – from all my fears)

i. As at every vaudeville performance, Olga stood quietly against a wooden background while her partner threw knives, hatchets, etc., into the wood around her. All at once, during the act, she screamed, fell over in a faint. The audience of course suspected the worst. But in her dressing room, when she had revived, Olga explained: "I suddenly felt something crawling on my leg and discovered a spider. Oh, I’m so afraid of spiders!"

ii. Fear of:

a. What people will say or think

b. Failure

c. Missed opportunities

d. Loss of control

iii. The only healthy fear is the fear of God and if we have a true, healthy fear of God we will have no room to fear anything else – 2 Timothy 1:7 - For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

C. Worry (6 – troubles)

i. At age 20 we worry about what others think of us. At 40 we don’t care what they think of us. At 60 we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all. Ann Landers, via Context, quoted in Signs of the Times, March, 1993, p. 6

ii. Matthew 6:25-34 (5 times Jesus mentions the idea of not worrying in the words of “take no thought”)

a. Don’t worry about your life (25), your height (27), your clothes (28), your supply (30), or your future (34)


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