Saturday, May 28, 2016

Taste and See and Smell

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.”  --Psalm 34:8a 

One day on our walk Lexi and I trampled through a patch of wild mint. I recognized it by the scent that rose up when we crushed the leaves under our feet. A walk is a barrage of smells to Lexi’s nose, but I don’t usually get to enjoy that. The mint was delightful. The ancient Hebrews used to burn incense before the Lord to please him with its fragrance. Moses was given specific instructions (Exodus 30) about the burning of incense in the tabernacle. Since smoke rises, it’s easy to imagine the smoke from the incense rising up to heaven. The psalmist prays that his prayers will rise up to God in the same way (141:2). But incense is also pleasing to the worshippers, as Proverbs 27:9 says: “Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart.” So often the gifts we bring to God bless us as well. Standing among the mint while Lexi sniffed around, I thought how happy I was that we’d walked this way that morning. When we walk in God’s way, we taste and see and smell that the Lord is good.

Dear God, My daily walk is my offering to you. Thank you that my daily walk blesses me. Amen

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