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1 (A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed.) I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, 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 lightened: and their faces 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 encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.

11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?

13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

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

15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

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

17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

22 The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

Commentary for Psalms 34

David praises God, and encourages to trust him. (1-10) He exhorts to fear. (11-22)

1-10 If we hope to spend eternity in praising God, it is fit that we should spend much of our time here in this work. He never said to any one, Seek ye me in vain. David's prayers helped to silence his fears; many besides him have looked unto the Lord by faith and prayer, and it has wonderfully revived and comforted them. When we look to the world, we are perplexed, and at a loss. But on looking to Christ depends our whole salvation, and all things needful thereunto do so also. This poor man, whom no man looked upon with any respect, or looked after with any concern, was yet welcome to the throne of grace; the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The holy angels minister to the saints, and stand for them against the powers of darkness. All the glory be to the Lord of the angels. By taste and sight we both make discoveries, and have enjoyment; Taste and see God's goodness; take notice of it, and take the comfort of it. He makes all truly blessed that trust in him. As to the things of the other world, they shall have grace sufficient for the support of spiritual life. And as to this life, they shall have what is necessary from the hand of God. Paul had all, and abounded, because he was content, #Php 4:11-18|. Those who trust to themselves, and think their own efforts sufficient for them, shall want; but they shall be fed who trust in the Lord. Those shall not want, who with quietness work, and mind their own business.

11-22 Let young persons set out in life with learning the fear of the Lord, if they desire true comfort here, and eternal happiness hereafter. Those will be most happy who begin the soonest to serve so good a Master. All aim to be happy. Surely this must look further than the present world; for man's life on earth consists but of few days, and those full of trouble. What man is he that would see the good of that where all bliss is perfect? Alas! few have this good in their thoughts. That religion promises best which creates watchfulness over the heart and over the tongue. It is not enough not to do hurt, we must study to be useful, and to live to some purpose; we must seek peace and pursue it; be willing to deny ourselves a great deal for peace' sake. It is the constant practice of real believers, when in distress, to cry unto God, and it is their constant comfort that he hears them. The righteous are humbled for sin, and are low in their own eyes. Nothing is more needful to true godliness than a contrite heart, broken off from every self-confidence. In this soil every grace will flourish, and nothing can encourage such a one but the free, rich grace of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The righteous are taken under the special protection of the Lord, yet they have their share of crosses in this world, and there are those that hate them. Both from the mercy of Heaven, and the malice of hell, the afflictions of the righteous must be many. But whatever troubles befal them, shall not hurt their souls, for God keeps them from sinning in troubles. No man is desolate, but he whom God has forsaken.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 34

  • BSP
    Verse 18 Jehovah God is near to those who are in distress and crushed in spirit.
  • Shannon
    My pastor preached on Psalms 34 and Psalms 60. I went home and reread both chapters. Honoring parents that emotionally abuse their adult children: How does seeking peace and pursuing it relate to this type of parent?
  • Mark Rhyner
    I will trust God,and His Providence.The easier wrong is to fear man,the harder right is to ask God for understanding ,to Fear God in reverence,submission to His Word,obedient in Truth,daily,hourly,in the end that God will receive His Glory back to Himself.
  • Vanessa
    He is glorious, he is the I am, in him I do trust, don't worry about the vain, keep your mouth from speaking ill , when you speak the word let be his word and his alone, he mighty and loving, he can move the mountains. He is the creator, he knew us all before we were born. I will stay under his wings, he is my refuge and fortress, Hallelujah!
  • I am that Michael Isaac Dale
    The intent of the fruit of the wicked, evil man (according to the knowledge given me of my Holy Father,) is this: fear man, not GOD. For the fear of the LORD brings understanding. And understanding brings repentance. And repentance brings belief and faith. And faith in GOD through Jesus Christ is righteousness. Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
  • Sharon Smith
    It's very encouraging for strength knowing that GOD is a prayer and cry away
  • James E Randle
    Walter- expounded on this psalm with so much clarity that im more convince he is being led by the Holy spirit.
  • M M
    Psalms 34 gives strength to the weak, hope to the desperate,way to the lost,to sum up, it makes one find the true God through LOVE.
  • Lady A
    TRUST GOD AND DO GOOD.........
  • Walter
    O taste portrays consuming. What enters the mouth fills the body be it good or bad . The results of this is becoming visible in the fruit. what the soul eats, taste, becomes part of the the body of God or temple of God. the temple of God is holy and what is being excepted being desirable to the eyes is not always coming from God, and allowing the spirit to guide you will give you the signal that God is allowing or are displease with what is being presented for food for the edifying of the temple of God. Naturally the eyes controls the trust of the natural senses saying yes eat or no stay away from it. Allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you is to allow submittance to the will and desires of God. to put your full trust in God is to ask God to take full control of actions, desires, emotions, wishes and more. To say Lord what ever happens in this day is your allowance and give to me, that is why everything will only be good, happiness, joy, prosperity, all the gifts of the blessings as put in Ephesians 1: 3.

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Bible Trivia

Which figure in the New Testament experienced the kind of bone protection described in Psalm 34?
  • Stephen
  • Lazarus
  • Judas
  • Jesus
  • Thomas