Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him.
(Psalm 34:8 MSG)
When I was a little girl, I had a very unrealistic fear of dogs. Our family had never owned a dog, yet I grew up believing that dogs were bad creatures. Looking back now, I think that my fear was mainly rooted in the fears of those around me. A few years ago, a family member brought their dog over and I was amazed by the amount of fear that the other members of the family expressed. Some were still unable to get close to the dog, even after they saw that he was a good dog. I could relate to their fear. It wasn’t until too long ago that I began to get to know dogs better and overcome my own fear of them. My perception of dogs has completely changed. Instead of running from them, I play with them.
Many people grow up having the wrong beliefs and fears about God too. They think that He is out to get them when they do something bad or that He doesn’t care about them. I believe it has something to do with the way they were raised. Sadly, the people who tell them wrong things about God are often the ones who have had no intimate relationship with Him and don’t know Him very well. But in Psalm 34, King David, who had walked with God for a very long time, invites us to “Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him” (v.8). You can’t speak about how good something is, unless you’ve tasted it or seen it with your eyes. So we can trust David when he tells us that God is good.
I invite you to overcome your wrong beliefs about God. Get to know the One who loved you enough to send His only Son to die for you. Once you get closer to Him, you’ll find out that He truly is good and worthy of your trust and love.