Psalms 34:1-10 I will praise the LORD at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. 2 I will boast only in the LORD; let all who are discouraged take heart. 3 Come, let us tell of the LORD’s greatness; let us exalt his name together. 4 I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me, freeing me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. 6 I cried out to the LORD in my suffering, and he heard me. He set me free from all my fears. 7 For the angel of the LORD guards all who fear him, and he rescues them. 8 Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who trust in him! 9 Let the LORD’s people show him reverence, for those who honor him will have all they need. 10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the LORD will never lack any good thing… (NLT)
The thirty-fourth Psalm is filled with the most glorious statements of truth concerning the blessing of those who follow the Lord with their whole heart. He will deliver all those who “fear” Him and who put their “trust” in Him. A clear principle is shared: God will do for you what He has done for others. Romans 2:11 tells us that, “God is no respecter of persons.”
Though I did not have room in this post to include the text of the whole chapter I would encourage you to read it. In its context we find that there are some conditions that must be met in order to appropriate these promises, as always. To claim the blessing of this chapter of God’s Word we must control what comes out of our mouths, separate ourselves from evil, seek peace and pursue it. Think for a moment about how these conditions apply to your life today. Meet the requirements given and God will honor His Word!
Read the Holy Scriptures to find the promises, then lay claim to them with the hands of faith, but never forget to look for the conditions. Seeds don’t grow just because they are seeds. They need a biosphere to grow in. The Holy Spirit operates in an atmosphere conducive to the presence of God. Never assume that you will receive the blessing of the Lord while living contrary to His will.
PRAYER: Father, I plead for Your help. My dignity will not restrain me from crying out to you in times of trouble. Save me my Lord, I seek to have a “broken heart and contrite spirit.” Hear my cry and deliver me from “all” my troubles as David affirmed that You would. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
COMMITMENT: I testify that God’s Word is true. I affirm it by experience. I commit myself to “bless” God at all times. Whether dark or bright I will put my confidence in His never changing love and power. I will control my “tongue”, be separate from evil (though it is always around me, I will fight to see that it will not find a home in me) seek to live in a state of peace and do good.