Psalm 34 — A song of God’s deliverance

I remember enjoying the last day of school before summer vacation when I was in elementary school.

There was an old rhyme I learned at that time.

No more pencils, no more books.
No more teacher’s dirty looks.

And I remember being so excited about being free from school, that I actually wrote two or three more verses to it, and as I went down the stairs from my class, I remember reciting those verses to myself.  (I can’t remember what they were though).

Well, that’s probably how David felt, although on a much deeper level.  Here he was, captured by the Philistines, thinking he was probably going to die, but by acting crazy in front of the king, David convinced him that he was just a harmless kook, and was set free.

And you can see his jubilance in the first few verses of this Psalm.

1 I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.

2 My soul will boast in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

3 Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.

I can’t help but think, however, that David sang this Psalm at other times in his life, to remind himself of God’s goodness despite his circumstances.  As he continued to be on the run from Saul.  As he faced the overthrow of his kingdom by his son Absalom.  How often did David sing these words to remind himself, “God is good.  God will take care of me.”

In particular, I love these words,

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 man who takes refuge in him.

And,

18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 A righteous man may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all.

Truthfully, I love the whole Psalm.  And it must’ve been a reminder to David that:

1.  God hears our cries (4-6, 15, 17)

2.  God is always with us in the midst of our trials.  He never leaves us lonely. (7, 18)

3.  God is good.  (8)

4.  God will provide our every need (9-10)

5.  We shouldn’t turn aside from God because times are tough.  Keep doing what you know is right  (12-14)

6.  Everything will turn out all right if we put our trust in him (5, 19-22)

Whenever we are going through trials, let us never forget this song of deliverance.  It probably helped David through many tough times.  And it can help us if we’ll just believe as he did.

About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: crossroad-web.com 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください: crossroad-web.com
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