That Sure Tastes Good!
Barnabas, “son of consolation” (Acts 4:36)., a person Luke described as “a good man” (11:24), was chosen and sent by the Jerusalem church to investigate the mixed congregation of Jews and Gentiles in Syrian Antioch.
Jesus once asked his disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am” (Matt 16:13)? Who was Jesus anyway? Most people of His day viewed Him as some sort of prophet (John
Most of us live hurried lives. We are hard pressed at work, at home, and at church to accomplish more than a twenty-four hour day seems to allow. The demands are overwhelming. In fact, full
Who satisfies your mouth with good things… Psalm 103:5a
Psalm 37: 3 declares: “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.” There, the promise is that if you trust in the Lord and do good, you shall be fed. Here, in Psalm 103: 5a, you are not only promised that you will be fed, you are promised that what you are fed will be satisfying to your mouth.
You do know that there is a difference right? Just ask a child. Brussel sprouts, okra, and broccoli may feed you and even nourish you, but that doesn’t mean they are satisfying to your mouth. Yet, the Lord adds to your benefits package that He will satisfy your mouth with good things. What good things? Good things going through your mouth. This is the nourishing food which is made possible by His provision. The fact that He will satisfy your mouth with good things can be true although you may have to swallow some good things which may not taste so good going down. But, thank God, that every now and then, we can look forward to some sumptuously sweet things, some perfectly seasoned things and delightfully delicious things.
Good things in your mouth. The mouth is the waiting room of your words. They sit there (sometimes too long and sometimes not long enough) before they break the barrier of the lips. Just like good wine which is not to be gulped and swallowed immediately, some things are satisfying just by being in your mouth. David also knew this and expressed it when he wrote in Psalm 34: 1: “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
Good things coming out of your mouth. Good things can go down through your mouth. Good things can be in your mouth. Then, good things can come out of your mouth. Words of encouragement, words of comfort, words of forgiveness, words of peace, words of restoration, words of wisdom, words of knowledge are all instances of things which satisfy the speaker’s mouth and the hearer’s ears. When all is said and done, God makes the mouth both a place of pleasure and an instrument of love.