7555 - Psalm 34 - He Keeps His Own


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Are you aware that one of the primary purposes for which the Lord created people is that we might give praise to Him.

Ephesians (1:12) says: “We who first hoped in Christ have been destined and appointed to live for the praise of His glory,” and Isaiah (43:21) tells us: ‘the people who I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.”

Today let’s give praise by looking at Psalm 34. Let me read these 22 verses and then we can make some comments.

I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and be glad.
O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Look to him and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
O taste and see that the LORD is good! Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!
O fear the LORD you his saints, for those who fear him have no want!
The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
Come, O sons, listen to me, I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
What man is there who desires life, and covets many days, that he may enjoy good?
Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous, and his ears toward their cry.
The face of the LORD is against evildoers, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The LORD is near to the broken-hearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the LORD delivers them out of them all.
He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.
Evil shall slay the wicked; and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

This is one of those Psalms, which gives me much joy to meditate on as I lie down to sleep or as I rise in the morning.

Verse four gives a testimony that the Lord has delivered the author of this Psalm, usually attributed to David, from all his fears. Friend, that’s the kind of God we have. He is able to dispel our fears and replace them with peace and joy.

Many people quote and claim verse seven: “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him and delivers them.” When our older daughter was in Wheaton College, she chose to give time and effort in a rescue mission in downtown Chicago. This news was carried to us by letter and called for a return phone call. As I talked to this confident, joyful daughter, and warned her to be careful; back came her reply: “Dad, didn’t you teach me Psalm 34:7. Don’t you believe it?” With that the subject was closed. Her confidence was in the proper place.

Verses 9 & 10 give a promise that God will supply the needs of those saints who fear and respect Him. Look, it says, “those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” That’s a fabulous promise from the omnipotent, omniscient Lord.
The heart of this Psalm gives instruction for those who desire life, and covet many days to enjoy good. Do you fall into that group? Then ask the Lord to guard your tongue. It should utter no evil or deceitful words. It also tells us to seek peace. That means that we should have a peaceful demeanor. We do not walk around with a chip on our shoulder.

For those who are in the pits, look at verse 18: “The Lord is near the brokenhearted and saved the crushed in spirit.” Who among us has not felt like this at some time. How good it is to have a loving, knowing Lord to whom we may turn.

Verses 17 and 22 give encouragement. “When the righteous call for help the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their trouble...The Lord redeems the life of His servants; none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.”

May the Lord lift you through Psalm 34.