If you made it to H2H last week, you know our theme this year is all about food! Our verse comes from Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the LORD is good.” That got me thinking about the time that I was on a taste testing panel. Ok, so I was only in third grade – but still! Imagine my excitement being called out of class on a hot school day and offered a half dozen Popsicles to eat. I thought I’d died and gone to Popsicle heaven! I can still remember the little voting booth I sat in and the tiny golf pencil I used to answer the survey questions at the end. I also remember being delighted by the saltine cracker and Dixie cup of water that I was given to cleanse my palate in between each new Popsicle. The cracker and water allowed me to fully appreciate each new flavor without having the taste of the previous Popsicle still in my mouth.
As we get ready to taste all of the wonderful things that God has in store for us this year, it might be helpful for us to take a moment and cleanse our spiritual palates. Just like the flavor of food is enhanced by tasting it with a clean palate, so too can the flavor of God’s goodness in our lives be intensified by having a heart that is cleansed and right with Him. One important aspect of getting our hearts right with God is confession.
"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” (James 5:26 NIV)
There have been times (more often than I’d like to admit) when I’ve had to say to my son, “Mommy made a mistake. I yelled at you in anger and that wasn’t right. Would you please forgive me?” Even more embarrassing is when I have to admit my shortcomings to my husband. But, despite how humiliating it can be to confess my sins to another person, something almost wondrous happens in me the moment I do it. It’s like I can feel God smiling down on my obedience as He blesses me with a clean heart and removes the burden of my sin.
Are you ready to taste and see God’s goodness this year? I certainly am! Take a moment to examine your own heart and then invite the Lord to show you what steps He might have you take to cleanse your own spiritual palate and get right with Him. You’ll be glad you did!
Dear God, thank you so much that you cleanse us from all sin. Father, please help me examine my own heart. Show me any sin that I may have in my life that I need to repent of. Please forgive me of that sin and help me to turn away from it and walk in the light of your truth. Clean my heart, O God, so that I may be able to taste and see your goodness in my life. Amen!