Psalm 34

A Psalm of David when he pretended madness before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed.

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 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.

11 Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

12 Who is the man who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good?

13 Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.

14 Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.

16 The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

18 The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.

20 He guards all his bones; not one of them is broken.

21 Evil shall slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.

22 The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, and none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.

 

Bless the Lord at all times. This statement may very well be the definition of “easier said than done”.  You wake up fully rested, find your spouse lying beside you, you get up to look out the window and find clear blue skies and 70 degrees.  Your children are healthy, your bills are paid, and there is still money in the bank.  Your job is rewarding not just financially, but also mentally and emotionally, and all of your vehicles are in perfect running order.  Who wouldn’t bless the Lord then.  But, when you wake up alone, broke, unemployed and wondering how many more miles you car has left before you are stranded in the middle of nowhere, it’s a little harder to have anything nice to say.  It’s times like that, when you can’t see a clear path ahead when praising God is the most important.  Even when you can’t see Him, He is there working on your behalf.  His angels camp around you, he rescues you.  You will be bruised, but never broken.  Trusting God might hurt, but it is never fatal as long as you don’t let go.

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