I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
9 O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
22 The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.
“O taste and see that the Lord is good!”
This is a scientific experiment about evidence—which is not the same as demonstration. For example, we can see in the natural world evidence of a world-wide flood—flat layers of sedimentary rock, some of them very thin, spread over hundreds of thousands of square miles with no erosion between the layers. That’s different than seeing the water carrying and depositing the silt. Evidence is also not impression. Feelings are wonderful, but they shouldn’t be a primary deciding factor.
What qualifies as evidence? “Evidence is unbiased data or information that helps you come to a conclusion.”
That means you don’t have an agenda: you’re not looking to prove something.
Thomas demanded physical evidence before he would believe Jesus had risen from the dead. Jesus told him, “Blessed are those who believe, and have not seen.” Believe without evidence? No, believe from a different kind of evidence—if possible, more than one. Thomas’s friends had seen Jesus alive, and told him. Jesus had said He would rise. Jesus had also presented Scripture “beginning at Moses and all the prophets.” This story is for us and our decisions.
So, about evidence: get some.
Artist—designing and building stained glass windows
Spokane Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church, Washington, USA.