By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer
Last month I visited the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky. After my initial amazement at how large the replica Ark was (built according to biblical dimensions), I was humbled by the lengths to which God would go to save His people and creation. The great floating refuge withstood the ravages of storm and endless sea for nearly a year (Gen. 7:11, 8:13).
Countless historical details surround the ark’s construction, and I won’t go into them here. However, as is often the case, the Lord dove-tailed this visit with another event in my personal life, generating a deeper understanding on my part – the Ark Encounter and the release of my latest story, “Taste and See” in Barbour’s Always a Wedding Planner.
In “Taste and See,” the key scripture in the lives of my characters is Psalm 34:8 – “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him” (NKJV).
When I cross-referenced other versions of this verse, I discovered that most of them said, “blessed in the man who takes refuge in Him.” Curious about why, I looked up the Hebrew word for trust used in the Psalm and discovered that it translates as “flee for protection.” Figuratively used, it means to confide in, have hope, take refuge, (put) trust*.
I imagine Noah trusted God more than his own experience and reasoning. I imagine God’s command to build the ark was not the first time Noah had heard from the Lord. And I imagine that Noah knew only God could provide refuge from the judgement about to come upon the earth.
Noah didn’t speak Hebrew, but he understood trust in the deepest sense of the word. And his trust resulted in salvation for himself, his family, and early generations of every animal kind on the planet.
For me, the Ark Encounter was a huge visual representation of an even bigger God in whom I can entrust my life.
Taste and see that the LORD is good.
Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
Psalm 34:8, NLT
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Ronnie peered through teary eyes at the barnboard sign her mother had given her when she graduated from her culinary training. The black script letters were only half of the verse in Psalm 34—the challenge part.
The encouragement part wasn’t there, but it had been tattooed on her heart by two loving women over the years, and even now ran through her mind in her Gramma ’Cine’s voice: “Blessed is the wo-man who trusts in Him.”
For as long as Ronnie could remember, Gramma had added wo- to the verse, insisting that it didn’t alter the promise, but directed it to a more specific audience. Years of hearing that affirmation had laid a foundation of trust. ~”Taste and See” in Always a Wedding Planner
*From Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Hebrew word for trust, used in Psalm 34:8 – 2620: to flee for protection; figuratively to confide in, have hope, make refuge, (put) trust
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