Let us continue
our study of Psalm 34. We found last week David had run to the cave
of Adullam after fearing Doeg the Edomite and King Achish of Gath
and wrote this Psalm. We studied verses 1-5, A Song And Its
Effects on David. This week we turn our attention to verses
6-10 which says,
man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his
troubles. The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear
him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the LORD is good:
blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the LORD, ye his
saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions
do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not
want any good thing. I have entitled this section A Song And Its
Exaltation Of Diety.
In verses 6-7
we are confronted with our Position To Deity. I noticed in
verse 6 that it must be a lowly position. David calls
The word speaks of bankrupt in
spirit. As the song writer said, O where could I go but to the
Lord? David cries unto the LORD. This was a cry of
desperation like a wounded animal. The great hope for all who cry
to our LORD is in the words
and the LORD heard him, If we
know that He hears us we have the petition that we asked of Him. O
dear friend at the least sign of trouble let our position be one of
lowliness before our Lord.
I notice in
verse 7 there is a lofty position. David tells us the
of the LORD encampeth round about them
The angel of the LORD
is none other than Christ Himself. The word encampeth
means to picture frame around. It is used of an eastern custom of
setting up a campsite. The leader was placed in the middle and all
other tents around with doors facing the middle. They were but feet
from being there to help. Our LORD surrounds those today who fear
Him. The word means a reverential awe of worship. He brings
deliverance to them. O what a lofty position we stand in today even
if it be the dark hour of our souls. He has us surrounded.
In verses 8-9 I
find Our Practice Toward Deity. Verse 8 tells us of The
Practice Of Experience. David tells his men O taste and
see that the LORD is good: Let us get around where God is. Let
us experience Him with our senses of taste and sight. You will find
He means us no harm. He is out for nothing but our good and His
glory. Let us go to our place of worship this week with one thought
in mind. Lord, let me experience your Holy presence.
In verses 8-9
we see there must be The Practice Of Experience. If you taste
and see you then you will want to trust and fear.
The word fear again is the word of the reverential awe of
worship. David gives a great promise to this practice. In verse 9
there is no want to them that fear him. There
will be no need He doesnt supply!
In verse 10
David tells of Our Pursuing Of Deity. David uses the
illustration from nature of the
Even with his
great strength and ability to hunt, very few die of old age but many
die of starvation and disease brought on by the lack of food.
David says but
it is not so for those who seek the LORD. The word means
in pursuit of or to pant after. O friend are you actively involved
today in seeking after our God. David said you will not want
for any good thing. No wonder David said the LORD is my Shepherd.
That is a bold statement that brings the blessing of this promise,
and I shall not want. In times of trouble let us break
out in songs that exalt who our God is.