Archive for November, 2009


This verse from Psalm 34:8a keeps coming up in my prayer times and my comings and goings with people…

“Taste and see that the LORD is good”

I believe the Psalmist is challenging all of us to “taste the LORD for ourselves”.  I believe this verse is coming out of the Psalmists experience of the Father’s goodness.  In other words the Psalmist is saying, “I know the LORD is good because I have experienced this to be true in my life – I am challenging you to experience the LORD’s goodness for yourselves.”

I have a story…

Years ago, the ‘207’ bus used to travel from Newcastle to Merewether.  So, when you saw ‘207’ on the front of the bus you knew where that bus was going.  If you weren’t sure where that bus was going you could always pickup a timetable or a map and find out the route that the bus was taking.  Or, you could just simply ask someone else where the bus was going.  Perhaps it would be wise to ask someone who has travelled on that bus before.

So, you could find out all about the bus and where it was heading by the information you could obtain and the testimony of those that travelled on the bus.


to really know for yourself or to really experience where that bus is travelling to and to reach the destination of that bus it is necessary to hop on that bus and go on that journey.

Similarly, it is not enough to know about the Father, is is not enough to read about the Father, it is not enough to hear about the Father.  It is necessary to taste for yourself (and myself) the goodness of our Heavenly Father.  In other words, to taste and prove the goodness of the LORD for yourself.

Deut 4:29 says…
“But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

And where is the ‘there’ in the “But if from there”, it is moving from a place of distress and dispair, a place of trouble and strife and abandoning God, to a place of surrendering your complete heart and soul to the Living God.

The Lord bless you! – Steve

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“I am the LORD; that is my name!  I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols. [Isa 42:8]

I have been ruminating over this verse.  I have mentioned it before in a previous post.  I believe it is very important to understand this verse.  The Lord says, “He will not give His glory to another”.  So, how are we to comprehend the following verse in John 1:14…

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only,  who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” NIV

‘The Word”, which is Jesus, “became flesh and dwelt among us and we have seen HIS glory, the glory of the One and Only, who CAME FROM the Father”.  So, in other Words, we have seen the glory of the Father in His Son.

And this verse in John 8:54…

“Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me.” NIV

So, the Father glorifies the Son.  Isn’t this starting to look like God is giving His glory to another?

And what about these verses in John 13:31-32?…

“When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in himIf God is glorified in him,  God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.” NIV

How can the Bible be so contradictory?

How can God say “He won’t share His glory with another” and then, when Jesus comes along, start sharing His glory with Him?  Well, the truth is, there is no contradiction.  There is no doctrinal crisis.  But how can this be resolved?

John 17:5 says…

“And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. NIV”

Jesus had the Father’s glory before the world began and Jesus shared in the Father’s glory when He was physically here on earth.  Why?

Because Jesus is God!

God is not sharing His glory, He said He would never do that.  Jesus is God!  (and God is Jesus).

The Father is in Jesus and Jesus is in the Father

“But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” NIV [John 10:38]

Jesus and the Father are One

I and the Father are one.” NIV [John 10:30]

Be the way, the Holy Spirit is God as well but that is another blog. 🙂

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When we come to the end of our tether and cry out to the Lord, He saves us and gives us hope.

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