Fellowship with the Father: Taste and See That the Lord Is Good
The following is an excerpt from our daily devotional “Fellowship with the Father,” written by IFA contributing writer Remco Brommet.
We’re continuing our train of thought on prayer as fellowship with the Father, and it leads us to one of its most important stations: the enjoyment of God’s goodness through prayer.
Psalm 34:8 tells us: “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”
That is right in line with the Scripture verses quotes in Day 4, Isaiah 55:2 – “Why do you spend your money on what is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in rich food.” Or as the New International Version states it: “the richest of fare.”
How do you taste and see that the Lord is good, especially when you can’t see or touch Him? And how do you listen so that you receive rich food for your soul’s delight rather than the junk food the world offers?
The answer: Through prayer! Worshipful, grateful, hungry-for-good-food prayer that listens to what God wants to disclose to us about Himself through the Holy Spirit and His Word. Prayerful interaction with God’s Word that is ready to receive what jumps off the pages, brought to light by the Holy Spirit.
This is so important in the midst of all the clanging and banging of national and global disasters which can easily make you forget that God’s ultimate desire for you is to know that He loves you. Like Peter attempting to walk on the water towards His loving Lord, the howling of the wind and the crashing of the waves demand so much attention that it is easy to take your eyes off the Lord and sink into the sea of worry and despair.
God does not want us to. He wants to whisper your name and remind you of His love. He created you for a love relationship with you, and His Spirit awakened your spirit so you could have fellowship with Him. Bask in His presence. Hang out. And that’s in essence what fellowship with the Father means. Hanging out with the One you love and hanging on His every word. The word fellowship, when stripped of its Christianese connotations, means communion, companionship, unity.
I believe that this is supposed to be the bedrock of our prayer life. You’ve heard me say “balance asking with basking.” Take that a step further: “Let the asking come out of your basking.” When you learn to listen to God and let the Holy Spirit reveal Him to you, He feeds your soul with truth, perspective, wisdom, insight, comfort, peace, and joy.
When we do that, asking – supplication and intercession – becomes very different. It will no longer feel like you’re besieging God with what you want Him to do. It becomes more a speaking forth in prayer what you have just discovered He wants to do!
The tough part of tasting and seeing that God is good is that it takes time. Another reason to be as intentional as you can in reordering your daily rhythm to accommodate times alone with God. Or perhaps you can do it only once or twice a week. Just remember that the Enemy does not want you to delight in God or listen to Him, so he is going to try to keep you busy and distracted. Don’t give him room.
Since, according to Isaiah 55:3, your soul’s life depends on it, I strongly urge you to try.
Today’s Prayer Assignment
Practice tasting and seeing that the Lord is good today. Set time aside. Get your Bible out. Worship, pray, ask God to open your eyes according to Psalm 119:18, to lead you to passages in His Word He wants to use to reveal His glory to you, and then: feast! Write down what you see in a journal. Then see what tasting and seeing the Lord does to your soul, your prayer life, and the way you approach your day or view the turbulent world outside your front door.
You will not be disappointed!
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Remco Brommet is a pastor, spiritual-growth teacher, and prayer leader with over 40 years of experience in Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the U.S. He was born and raised in the Netherlands and pastored his first church in Amsterdam. He moved to the U.S. in 1986. He and his wife, Jennifer, live north of Atlanta. When not writing books, he blogs at www.deeperlifeblog.com and assists his wife as a content developer and prayer coordinator for True Identity Ministries. Jennifer and Remco are passionate about bringing people into a deeper relationship with Christ. Photo Credit: Canva.
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