Monday April 21, 2020
Psalm 34 –
The historical background to Psalm 34 is found in 1 Samuel 21. In David’s flight from king Saul, he sought safety with the Philistine king of Gath whose name was Achish or Abimelech – incidentally Gath was the hometown of Goliath. David realizing he was looking for safety in the wrong place pretended to be crazy acting like a madman and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Not David’s finest hour, but later upon reflection – he couldn’t help but praise the God of deliverance.
During these days of uncertainties it is clear that life can change in a moment. Certainly that has always been true. But, it is also true that GOD’s character, His Word, His essence is unchanging. That is, He was, is, and will always be good.
So, even in the midst of this pandemic we have reasons to praise and boast in the LORD.
David offered up his heart in praise for his deliverance before his enemy.
There is no greater gift than that of our salvation from sin. The coronavirus will pass – but some other crazy event will take its place. We live in a fallen world. But our hope is not in this world – our hope is in the LORD. So we take time today, to praise and worship the LORD for our own salvation. We take time today to pray for the opportunity to share the hope we have in Jesus.
1I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2My soul will make its boast in the LORD; the humble will hear it and rejoice.
3O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together. 4I sought the LORD, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. 5They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed. 6This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. 7The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.
😯 taste and see that the LORD is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! 9O fear the LORD, you His saints; for to those who fear Him there is no want.
10The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; but they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing. 11Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. 12Who is the man who desires life and loves length of days that he may see good? 13Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. 14Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. 15The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and His ears are open to their cry. 16The face of the LORD is against evildoers, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. 17The righteous cry, and the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. 18The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 19Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. 20He keeps all his bones, not one of them is broken. 21Evil shall slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. 22The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, and none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.
Blessings in Christ,