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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #125
Posted: July 20, 2007

PSALM 34:6-10

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 It’s Effects’ on David.  This week we turn our attention to verses 6-10 which says, “This poor 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 It’s 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 himself a “…poor man…”  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 “…angel 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 he says, “…there is no want to them that fear him.”  There will be no need He doesn’t supply!

In verse 10 David tells of ‘Our Pursuing Of Deity’.  David uses the illustration from nature of the “…young lions…  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.