Another great “Context Matters” article by Ryan Higginbottom
Perhaps you’ve heard that Christians need to taste and see that the Lord is good, that God’s blessings extend to all of our senses. Maybe you’ve been given this encouragement in the context of celebrating the Lord’s Supper or as a reminder that God cares for your body. You may even have been told that “taste and see” means that God wants you to have all of the material blessings you can name.
My dear friend Bev, always has a good application from the Psalms. This one hit me in the mind and the heart today.
Psalm 120:1-7 CSB – 1 In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. 2 “LORD, rescue me from lying lips and a deceitful tongue.” 3 What will he give you, and what will he do to you, you deceitful tongue? 4 A warrior’s sharp arrows with burning charcoal! 5 What misery that I have stayed in Meshech, that I have lived among the tents of Kedar! 6 I have dwelt too long with those who hate peace. 7 I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.
Lying lips Deceitful tongue Meshech and Kedar (foreign, often barbaric tribes who were hostile enemies of Israel) Those who hate peace
Is it any wonder that the psalmist is in distress (trouble, affliction, adversity)?! Have you been there?