Thursday, 2 March 2017

Psalm 34

Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.

1 I will extol the Lord at all times;
   his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the Lord;
   let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the Lord with me:
   let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
   he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
   their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
   he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
   and he delivers them.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
   blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
   for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
   but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me;
   I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Whoever of you loves life
   and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
   and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
   seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
   and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
   to blot out their name from the earth.
17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
   he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the broken-hearted
   and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
   but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
   not one of them will be broken.
21 Evil will slay the wicked;
   the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue his servants;
   no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned. - for some fun memory verse singing on v10
LORD thankyou for the promise of v10. May I lack no good thing today as I seek you, and recognise therefore that anything I think I'm missing out on is not for my good. Amen.


Nathan Brown said...

So great to read this after Psalm 73 last night - though materially life may be poor abd physically rubbish, the Lord has something greater in store for us now than material comfort. And His blessing is eternal and not so temporary as wealth/power/satisfaction in earthly things. What a way to setup the day with real perspective!

Nathan Brown said...

Also rejoicing in Jesus completely trusting in his father's eternal plan and care, and God delivering on his promise to rescue: John 19:36