Friday, March 16, 2012

Praise for God's Deliverance, God's Goodness and God's Instruction

[A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed]

1 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.

—Psalm 34 KJV Bible

This is a psalm of David. It is a song of thanksgiving. In the psalm, David calls on the people to praise the Lord for delivering David and for God's goodness to His people. David then instructs the people concerning the righteous path to long life.

Like Psalm 25, this is an acrostic psalm. Each of the twenty-two verses begins with one of the twenty-two characters in the Hebrew alphabet.

The psalm superscription says that it commemorates the time when David fled from Saul to the Philistines and pretended to be mad before "Abimelech," who drove David away so that he could escape. These are the events of 1 Samuel 21:10-15. "Abimelech" was the dynastic title for the king of the Philistines. In this case, the Philistine king was Achish of Gath.

In verses 1 through 10, David calls on the people to praise the Lord for delivering David and for God's goodness to His people. In verse 10, David notes that though the great predators may starve, the Lord provides for His own. This appears to be another example of God's protection and provision as the Great Shepherd.

In verses 11 through 22, David instructs the people concerning the righteous path to long life. In verses 12 through 14, David instructs the people that they should not speak evil of others, nor do evil to others. They should do good and seek peace. David showed in the events of 1 Samuel 25:14-16 that he practiced what he preached. The Apostle Paul reminds Christians of this instruction for living in 1 Peter 3:10-12.

In verse 20, David remarks on how God preserves the righteous. Though they may be severely afflicted, not one of their bones will be broken. This care was part of God's instruction regarding the handling of the sacrificial lamb of Passover, as noted in the first Passover (Exodus 12:46) and in the annual observance of the Passover (Numbers 9:12). These passages were uniquely fulfilled by the ultimate sacrificial lamb, the Righteous One, Jesus Christ. The Apostle John called attention to this in the manner of Jesus' crucifixion (John 19:36).

Father, I praise You for delivering me from sin. I thank You for Your goodness. I ask You to help me walk the right path that I may serve You long.


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