(Part 2 of 3)
Psalm 34:5… “They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed” (KJV). God delivers us from troubles and terrors. The word “ashamed” refers to being disappointed, darkened, and confused. Look up, not down.
Psalm 34:6… “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles” (KJV). Change the verse by putting your name at the front part of this verse. The word “cried” means “yelled for help.” He will do this for you as well. The word “troubles” means “adversity, affliction, anguish, distress, tribulation, and pressures.” As the saying goes, “If you need help, ask God. If you don’t, thank God.”
Psalm 34:7… “The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them” (KJV). God has legions of angels, and one of them is charged with keeping you. Fear the Lord; hold Him in awe. God is not a “God will get you” type of God. He is a “God will help you” type of God. God will protect you, care for you, and show you His will.
Psalm 34:8… “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (KJV). The word “taste” as used here means “to perceive.” How do you perceive God? David perceived God as good. David perceived that “if I trust Him I will be blessed.” Come and see what God is like.
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, impoverished, lack, need, and poverty.” God does not want you poor. Keeping you in want is not part of God’s will. In God there is abundance. If you are in want, check to see what the causes are for that want. Deal with the root cause. 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.
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. 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). Believers need to be taught about the fear of God. Jesus taught about the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, and His teaching ability (John 14-16). John 14:26… “He shall teach you all things”; in other words, he will teach you 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). If you want the “best” in life, there are rules of conduct. God’s attitude towards you is “life,” “many days,” and “good.” Do you want to see this? Then decisions must be made about your behavior. It’s either good or evil, right or wrong. There’s no middle ground.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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