I have been meditating on Psalm 34. What do we do when life takes a surprising turn and we find ourselves in a dire situation?
David found himself in such place and he wrote Psalm 34 to sing and declare his trust and hope in the Lord. When I face difficulty I tend to turn inward but David shows us that we can turn upward. “I will bless the Lord at all times…My soul makes its boast in the Lord” (v.1-2). Not only does David turn upward in affliction, he turns towards others not to get others on his side, but to lead them to the Lord, “O, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” (v.3).
Psalm 34 points me to God’s goodness, “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!" (v.8). I am also directed to lead other to worship God, “Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints” (v.9).
In the fire of affliction, we are told to, “keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it” (v.13-14).
Oh how God uses difficulty to refine us and purify us!
I also find some great promises in this Psalm. God hears the cry of the righteous and he delivers them out of their trouble (v.17). The greatest promise is this, “The Lord is near to the broken hearted and saves the crushed in spirit" (v.18). The nearness of God is the greatest gift in a difficult situation. “The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned" (v.22).
Wherever you find yourself today, lets magnify the Lord and exalt his name together! He is near to us and a refuge that we can trust because of His goodness.
Let’s taste and see that the Lord is good!
I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!
I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no lack!
The young lions suffer want and hunger;
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
Come, O children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
What man is there who desires life
and loves many days, that he may see good?
Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.
Turn away from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
and his ears toward their cry.
The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
He keeps all his bones;
not one of them is broken.
Affliction will slay the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.