Psalm 34

Hello, my friend.  These are in many ways terrible days. So vs. 18 in our PSALM 34 for today seems remarkably appropriate. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  This is one of the Psalms especially addressed to the fearful.  Psalm 34 is an acrostic psalm, each verse beginning with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet which has 22 letters.  This is significant, I think, because David felt the importance of this Psalm deserved very careful literary treatment.  And let’s look here at some of the blessings God provides for any who are gripped by anxiety, uncertainty, fear.

Verse 2, “My soul will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.”  This means that in times of deep stress we are particularly eligible to know God’s care and His loving presence.  He continues, vs.4, “I sought the Lord and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.”  And vs. 6 is startling, “This poor man called and the Lord heard him; He saved him out of all his troubles.  The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him and He delivers them.”  The difficulties may not be immediately removed, but the anxiety can be taken away when I know the Lord is alongside in this time of trouble.

I hope you have made the time to read and ponder this great, comforting, enabling Psalm.  It is remarkable in the way it speaks to us in our time.  Vs.8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.  Fear the Lord, you His saints, for those who fear Him lack nothing.  The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”  I have always taught that fearing the Lord means fearing disappointing Him.  It doesn’t mean I should think of Him in terms of terror, but in terms of a kind of love that, above all else, desires to bring Him pleasure by all that I am, by Grace.

I am amazed by the way verses 6 and 17 promise deliverance from all my troubles.  Vs.19 says, “A righteous man may have many troubles but the Lord delivers him from them all.”  How can this be, when one continues to have huge difficulties, even after trusting the Lord?  I think this chapter teaches that the Lord’s strong presence alongside us, day by day, delivers us IN our troubles even though the pressures and problems may remain.

“We’re thrilled and thankful, Lord, for a chapter of assurance like this.  We praise you, Living Word, for giving us your written word, with such comfort and strength.  Bless my friend who has joined in and those in special need. Thank you, Lord.” 

And my deepest thanks, partner, for your encouragement.  I thank God for you.  Cheerio!

These meditations on the Psalms were written by Village Schools of the Bible Founder, Monty Sholund and first published in book form as Monty’s Musings on the Psalms in 2000.

Psalm 34

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