Psalm 34: 1-11….I am His!

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 humble hear and be glad.
magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!
sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are
radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man
cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the LORD
encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
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 have no lack!
The young lions
suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
Come, O children,
listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Comment: Each of the lines above is really a couplet and in the ESV is written as such. Hebrew poetry emphasises thoughts by repetition. I have marked, by putting them in italics, the comparison words/thoughts in the couplets. As in the book of Proverbs the concepts are absolutely sound but God doesn’t keep His people from all troubles – some are martyred, many go through persecution and very trying experiences. Take time to read each sentence carefully and see the connection. For instance in the fifth line imagine the most difficult of circumstances and in spite of all that people throw at you you can be radiant and unashamed for truly God is good! This line reminds me of the description in the book of Acts of Stephen’s face as he was stoned to death!

Prayer: Please help me to rely on Your underlying goodness and care, my Lord.

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