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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

  • Jim on Psalms 34
    Comment on psalms 34

    Seek God when you are young, fear him for God can kill you and your soul. Man can only kill you, take your life.repent and pray. Turn back from your evil ways.
  • Onyekachukwu Ogechi Levinus Alaka on Psalms 34:17
    The righteous cry. Like Israel in Egypt, they cry out under the heavy yoke of oppression, both of sin, temptation, care, and grief. And the Lord heareth; he is like the night watchman, who no sooner hears the alarm bell than he flies to relieve those who need him. And delivereth them out of all their troubles. No net of trouble can so hold us that the Lord cannot free us. Our afflictions may be numerous and complicated, but prayer can set us free from them all, for the Lord will show himself strong on our behalf.
  • Alex on Psalms 34
    Comments by Alex on the trinity, Father, Son and Granson,If ya can understand Father and son you are seeing 2/3 rds of the trinity 2/3s of the kingdom. but once ya understand that great PROMISE you see that Christ is gonna be multiplied as the stars of HEAVEN THUS AN Israel of God, the multiplcation of very God in us sinners, God so loved the world etc. God is Spirit and Jesus says that which is born of the spirit is spirit thats the very multiplcation of God thats y Jesus refers to the H.G as the Promise he is the multiplication of GOD in us.Jesus cd not refer to the H.G. as the Promise if he were not the multiplcation of God. This cannot be refuted. I know that the word trinity is not in the bible but FATHER AND SON ARE 2/3 S OF THE TRINITY. Which begs the question of a Granson and an Israel of God. THIS CANNOT BE REFUTED AS THE FATHER SWORE BY HIMSELF WHEN TH MADE THAT PROMISE OF MULTIPLICATION. Thus not only are there a ISRAEL OF GOD coming BUT WE ARE GONN A BE MADE GODS TO WHOM THE WORD CAME IT MADE THEM Gods. This cannot be refuted. When God spoke of that new covenant he said it wd be sown in mans hearts from the least to the greatest thats the world ,God so loved the world etc. We Gentiles come under Abraham as Abraham was the father of the circumcision and the UNcircumcision. And abraham was a syrian but God made him the father of the jew and the gentile, thus we gentiles come under the new covenant ,we are the world.But once ya understand that great PROMISE that Christ wd be multiplied as the stars of heaven ya understand not only the trinity but an Israel of God that is gonna be as the stars of heaven.Thats y i say this cannot be refuted, But this has been hid from the wise and prudent but revealed unto babes and sucklings which are the Gransons the H.G plural that which is born of the spirit is spirit thats the h.g. the Gransons the multiplication of very God th children of PROMISE that are gonna be born in us our new birth from that incorruptible seed
  • Bob Grove on Psalms 34
    The trinity heresy started well over 100 years after the apostles where gone .

    Tertulian in the second century was a catalyst for the heresy and he was known as poor example of a Christian in his time . But had some compelling arguments to those not wise in scriptures .

    Then the nicean creed by some in the 3 rd century decided to make this trintarian doctrine the Doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church , the majority of Christians at the time opposed it . But Constantine another unholy man made the decision.

    Not a steller beginning , but some of the people that refused the doctrine where actually murdered . Many Of them ,how devilish it was .

    So if it's not in the scriptures , then it's not Gods word .

    Let's see it ! Name the doctrine and it's purpose , found in the scriptures . It's not there .

    The apostles warned that men would bring these false teachings ( unscriptural) into the church and they sure did .

    Twist the scriptures , but it must be in doctrine form .

    With Clear instructions.

    Can you find it ?
  • Kevin mack on Psalms 34
    To William M Patterson : verse two is referring to the Holy Spirit, the holy spirit is referred to being the female part of God. In old times it was the mother in the family that taught the children their (ABC) at the kitchen table. So likewise in God's kingdom. Read proverbs, when teaching is involved in scriptures, the word her appears alot.
  • William M Patterson on Psalms 34
    my question is who is David referring to in verse 2 when he says "make her boast"?

    who is the her?
  • William M Patterson - in Reply on Psalms 34
    thanks and God Bless you
  • Carleton - in Reply on Psalms 34
    In a way though the soul is the weaker vessel of the body. It seems like the body/mind is the driver and the passenger is the soul. So the soul prays that the body is a reasonable driver. By God's great grace, together they will reach their destination in peace.
  • Andy G van den Berg - in Reply on Psalms 34
    The soul and body will not reach their destination in peace, because the carnal mind is enmity with God (Romans 8:6).

    For that reason every believer is chastened of the Lord (Hebrews 12:5-12, Revelation 3:17-19), in order to overcome the flesh and our sinful nature (Revelation 2:7,11,17,26; 3:5,12,21; 21:7).
  • Andy G van den Berg - in Reply on Psalms 34
    There are no such doctrines in the Word of God and the Word id God (John 1:1). Please read 1 Cor. 2:14,15.


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