Psalm 34 is an acrostic Psalm, meaning the Hebrew alphabet is featured from beginning to end. It seems so appropriate for this Psalm of thanksgiving and prescription for happiness. Written by David after his escape and deliverance by the hand of God.
The first verse sets the tone of the Psalm and can provide for us a call to praise God and a call to worship God for the blessings so richly bestowed upon the life of the person of faith. “I will bless the Lord at all times; God’s praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
We learn from this Psalm that blessing the Lord, that is, praising the Lord, brings blessings to us. A life dedicated to blessing the Lord constitutes a vow to praise the Lord at all times in our lives. Thereby having the raw material and experience for one testimony after another of the power, love, and deliverance of the Lord. From this place of praise an invitation is extended to all people to open their hearts to know God and follow God’s way. “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the one who trusts in God!”
A stark difference is contrasted in Psalm 34 in the lives of those who trust God and those who do not. Those who live their lives according to their own desires and wisdom, we learn miss out on the deeper things of knowing God personally. The Psalm ends with the promise of divine aid for the righteous and because of Jesus Christ this provision is made possible for you and me. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers out of them all.”
The Life of Blessing is the Life that is Blessed!
Dumas A. Harshaw, Jr., Ph.D, Senior Pastor
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