Psalm 34–The Trials Of A Godly Man, Pt. 2

(Part 2 of 2)

Psalm 34:9… “O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him” (KJV). The word “want” means “deficiency, impoverishment, lack, need, penury, poor, poverty.” God does not want you poor. Keeping you “in want” is not part of God’s vocabulary. In God there is abundance. If you are in want, check to see what are the causes for that want. Deal with the cause. Is it lack of education? Then educate yourself. We are in the computer age; the world is at your fingertips. David uses the word “fear” again, or awe, reverence. The fear (awe) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. God is a God of supply. “In the heart of man, a cry; in the heart of God, supply.”

Psalm 34:10… “The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing” (KJV). Satisfaction is seen here. Notice, David is not saying “you will not lack ‘any thing,'” but any good thing. This is a promise.

Psalm 34:11… “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD” (KJV). Instruction is seen here. Believers need to be taught about “the fear of God.” Jesus taught about the Comforter, the Holy Spirit (John 14-16), and His teaching ability. “[He] will teach you all things” (John 14:26, NIV); i.e., things that you need to know at any given moment. God has answers.

Psalm 34:12-14… “What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it” (KJV). Principles of good living are seen here. If you want the “best” in life, there are rules of conduct. God’s attitude towards you is “life,” “many days,” “good.” Do you want to see this? Then choose to obey. Decisions must be made. It’s either good or evil, right or wrong. There’s no middle ground.

Psalm 34:15-16… “The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth” (KJV). Judgment is seen here. It’s righteousness that God regards. God is against them that do evil, and America is not exempt. God sees.

Psalm 34:17… “The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles” (KJV). Here it is, my favorite motto. “In the heart of man, a cry; in the heart of God, supply.” I have it in my heart to put this motto on my car license plate. Put it in your heart.

Psalm 34:18… “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit” (KJV). Your comfort is seen here.. The word “broken” means “to burst or break down or off, to break in pieces, broken-hearted, hearted, crushed, hurt, quenched, full of tears because of a mistake.” The word “saveth” means “to make you open, wide, or free; to be safe, defended, delivered, helped, preserved, rescued, (having) salvation, received the victory.” Note also the word “contrite.” One of its meanings is the word “humbled.” If you are high and mighty in spirit, that is, too proud to humble yourself, you will stay in your misery.

Psalm 34:19-20… “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken” (KJV). Yes, there are many afflictions. Protection is seen here. Keeping you from all harm is seen here. God can deliver you out of all of them. He keeps your physical being intact. God is concerned with your whole being. One of my daily prayers is “Thank you Lord for keeping me safe physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.”

Psalm 34:21-22… Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate. The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate” (KJV). Redemption is seen here. The idea is that calamity will surely overtake the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be punished. The idea continues that if you take refuge in the Lord, He redeems you and pardons you. Sin will slay the sinner. Sin brings its own penalty. Only the Lord can save the sinner. The cross of Christ is the only rehabilitation center that is successful in deliverance. King David had it right. He blesses the Lord at all times, because he knows God cares for you.

Pastor George Belobaba

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