O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
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The postman has just passed and left our box full of mail. We can hardly wait to read it all! But as we turn the envelopes and folders over, one by one, the excitement and anticipation fades. What do we find today?
There is one post card from a vacationing neighbor. Two utility bills. A subscription reminder. All the rest (and an amazing quantity it is) consists of offers trumpeting FREE in the largest possible type.
“FREE installation”—with a two year contract. “FREE examination”— with purchase of hearing aid or eye glasses. “FREE grocery item”—with an equal or greater purchase. You know: buy one, get one FREE.
All free, at first glance, but with strings attached. Strings, small or large, visible or hidden, are always present and the price must be paid. It is easy to feel cynical about everything and to grumble, “Nothing in life is free.”
There is one offer that is real and true. You cannot pay for it; it is offered “without money and without price.” It cannot be earned; “to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness” (Romans 4:5). Just believing—just receiving— it seems too good to be true!
For the heart that has been sickened by the false offers, what a relief it is to find reality at last— an offer with no “strings attached,” no quibbling, no “hype”; just a simple and firm and truly FREE offer. Nothing could be plainer; nothing could be more wonderful.
It cost the One who makes the offer untold suffering; it brings the one who accepts the offer unbelievable joy. That does not mean there cannot be pain and sorrow still as long as this life on earth lasts, but through the darkest days the knowledge of who and what Jesus is and that He loves us so much—well! It is just totally beyond words to tell. It must be known and felt—believed and enjoyed personally.
“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed [happy] is the man that trusteth in Him” (Psalm 34:8).