Psalm 34:1-10

 1 I will bless the LORD at all times;
         His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
 2 My soul shall make its boast in the LORD;
         The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
 3 Oh, 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 to Him and were radiant,
         And their faces were not ashamed.
 6 This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him,
         And saved him out of all his troubles.
 7 The angel[a] of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him,
         And delivers them.
 8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good;
         Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
 9 Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints!
         There is no want to those who fear Him.
 10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
         But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.

Psalm 34:1-10

David learns that God is an eternal and great reward for those who seek Him.  As Jeremiah found, when we seek the Lord with all of our hearts, we will find him (Jeremiah 29:13); and to find and honor Him is wisdom and life.  There is a direct correlation between a grateful heart and the outpouring of prophetic gifts.  When the Israelites focused on their circumstances and complained about their hardships, longing for the former and familiar bondage of Egypt, they forfeited the deliverance that the Lord wanted to bring to them. 

(Side note:  If you have facebook, you should take the gratitude challenge).

3 Responses to Psalm 34:1-10

  1. Joe says:

    One of the things I find so interesting about David’s Psalms is how often we are given the circumstances surrounding them (Psalm 51, for example). From the description or title of Psalm 34, David is on the run again from Saul. Verses 4-7 above give us a great example of where David was placing his trust at that time, and what hope he had to be delivered. This is why I admire David so much, despite his faults. He was always completely aware of his place before God, even when confronted with his sin (2 Samuel 12).

    You talk about the correlation here with circumstances and complaints…I’m always amazed at how thickheaded the Israelites were during these times, and that the lightbulb often didn’t go off. You’d think they might say “Hey, every time we complain, this happens. Maybe we shouldn’t complain as we do ?” Even with the prophets’ blaring message towards them, they often stayed stuck in their ways. Sounds like me, more I think about it 😦

    • Chrystal says:

      You’re not alone there, friend. It’s human nature to be critical and unsatisfied, and it takes great grace to walk with the Lord and allow His love to flow through us all of the time.

      I’m thankful for some of the movies that have come out recently that are beginning to show the reality of what life was like for the “fathers of the faith.” We often quote David’s Psalms and ask, as he did, “How long, Lord?” However, it just doesn’t have quite the same kind of a ring to it when we pray that in our air conditioned homes, with no fear for our physical safety. How merciful God is that He responds the same way to us now as He did to David, offering love and mercy to the thousandth generation of those who love Him; I wonder sometimes who that ancestor was generations up from whose love I continue to benefit.

      Good thoughts!

  2. Wezintandane kunkumbira says:

    One interesting thing about David is that he understood the God he worshiped always, he was overwhelmed by Gods grace upon his life. Challenges did not pull him back rather draw him closer to him. He understood the power of praise and made use of it. In him I see what God can do to true worshipers.

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