SOME GLEANINGS FROM PSALM 34
There is no doubt that revelation flows as a result of intimacy with God and His Word. King David, the sweet Psalmist of Israel walked with God and experienced such intimacy with God.
In verse one David knew you did not just bless the Lord in the good times, but like the Apostle Paul he had learnt to bless and give thanks AT ALL TIMES. Why? Because God is ALWAYS worthy of our praise, and in verse three David encourages us to MAGNIFY and EXULT His NAME together. There is something uniquely beautiful about the name of Jesus, let us do that today.
It has been said we don’t get answers because we don’t ask, in verse FOUR David said he sought the Lord, and God heard his prayer, and answered David’s prayer, we may not always get the answer we want, but be assured, God hears and answers our prayers.
Do you believe in Angels ? I do, I can’t see them and I sure don’t talk to them, but they are real, and they are there to serve and protect God’s people. Verse seven tells us those who fear the Lord are delivered and protected. We never go on a journey in the car without asking the Lord to put His angels around the car as we drive, and at the end of the journey thank the Lord for angelic protection.
Verse eight encourages us to TASTE and see that the Lord is good, we must be pro-active in our tasting , and the result is “that those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. Again as Paul says Our God will meet ALL our needs according to His riches in glory.
As James reminds us about the power of tongue, David tells us in verse 13, we must keep our tongue from evil, and our lips from evil and do good. Solomon reminds us that the power of death and life is in the tongue. I read recently the statement, a tongues in itself is not very strong (there is no bone in it) but it can break hearts. Lord set a watch over our lips, and that we only speak that which is good and edifying and God glorifying.
David had a revelation that God is OMNICIENT (all seeing and all knowing) we read in verse 15 God is ALWAYS watching us, if we have this revelation, there are many things we would not do or say, not only are his eyes on us, but His ears are ever open to our cry.
Some preach that the Christian life is a bed of roses, and almost like a picnic every day, but David says in verse 18, God is very near the one with the broken heart, and saves those who refuse to get bitter and twisted.
In verse 19 again David says MANY are the afflictions of the righteous, remember ALL things work together fro good to them that love the Lord, and the Lord promises to deliver us out of them all.
What an awesome God we love and serve, He doesn’t promise us a life of ease, but does promise us His Grace and enabling in every situation.
May I encourage you to not only read this blog through (maybe a couple of times) but read and meditate on Psalm 34, you will start to praise and thank God for His goodness love and grace to you.
Have a blessed weekend.