(22 verses, 2:02 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Psalm 34 is a hymn of praise from David after he pretended to be insane to escape the hands of his enemies (see 1 Samuel 21:0-15). This comes after David and his men eat the Bread of the Presence, normally reserved for the priests.
- David praises the Lord for delivering Him out of the hand of his enemies in response to his prayer for help (vv.1-7).
- God provides all good things to those who trust in Him (vv. 8-10).
- David instructs in wisdom (vv. 11-14).
- God hears our prayers and answers them (vv. 15-22).
- David seeks the Lord, who subsequently delivers David from his enemies. Here is another example of how God, who has commanded us to pray (2nd Commandment) also promises to hear our prayers. We aren’t to seek God outside of the ways in which He promises to be accessible to us, namely in His Word and Sacraments.
- We are reminded of the promise God makes to deliver us from evil. Just as Israel wasn’t to put their trust in their armies, we aren’t to trust in our own strength to deliver us. God sends His holy angels to guard and keep us from the old evil foe (see 2 Kings 6:17).
- God promises to give us everything we need (1st Article of the Creed/4th Petition of the Lord’s Prayer), and so we need not fear any lack. We have countless examples in the Scriptures of God providing for His people, quite apart from the circumstances.
- All this is because God is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Even in our afflictions, Christ Jesus is still our Immanuel, our God with us. As we sing in “A Mighty Fortress,” “He’s by our side upon the plain, with His good gifts and spirit.”
- The Word they still shall let remain nor any thanks have for it; He’s by our side upon the plain with His good gifts and Spirit. And take they our life, goods, fame, child, and wife, though these all by gone, our victory has been won; the Kingdom ours remaineth. (LSB 656)
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-Rev. Jordan McKinley, pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church, Vallonia, IN
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