Psalm 34 – David encourages people to trust in God.
1. I will bless the LORD at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2. My soul shall boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear this, 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 comforted, and they 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 camps around them that fear him, and delivers them.
8. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him.
9. O fear the LORD, you his saints, for those that fear him have everything that they need.
10. The young lions lack things, and are hungry, but those that seek the LORD shall have every good thing that they need.
11. Come, you children, hear what I say and listen to me, I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12. What man is he that desires a long life that he may see good?
13. Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking false things.
14. Leave evil, and do good, seek peace, and go after it.
15. The eyes of the LORD are upon those that are righteous, and his ears hear their cry.
16. The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, and they will not be remembered.
17. The righteous cry, and the LORD hears them, and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18. The LORD is near to them that are of a broken heart; and saves those that are of a repentant spirit.
19. Many are the time of pain for the righteous: but the LORD delivers him out of all of them.
20. He keeps all his bones: not one of them is broken.
21. Evil shall kill the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be alone.
22. The LORD redeems the soul of his servants: and not of them that trust in him shall be alone.
Note: Verse 20 may be prophetic speaking of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, where none of his bones were broken.
This psalm is one of the most beautiful. It is self-explanatory, and explains the importance of trusting the Lord. It speaks of the LORD’s faithfulness to comfort us, and deliver us from all the bad things that happen to us. But it also tells us to speak only good things, and not to do anything that is wrong.
It tells us to be peaceful, and to bless the Lord and praise His name. Those that are righteous are those that have received the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour, none is righteous in themselves, that’s why David says that the Lord is near those that have a repentant spirit, and a broken heart. Those are people who believe that they are sinners in God’s eyes, and desire to have Jesus for their Saviour. The Lord Jesus died for everyone, but not everyone receives him, only those that believe in him.
The fear of the Lord does not mean that we are to be afraid like when we are frightened by something, it means that we are to have respect for the Lord, and to know in our hearts that he is all-powerful and all-knowing, and over everything. He is Lord.