Psalm 34: Praise to the Deliverer
David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove
him away, and he left.
Comments: A psalm of David rooted in history – see 1
Sam 21:10-15. Achish was the Philistine king who sent David away
when he feigned madness. Abimelek means ‘father of the king' and
may have been the Philistine behind the scenes. Otherwise this
is unclear. There appears no reference in the psalm to the historical
context. David's attitude towards God is one of praise [v.1-3]
because the Lord came to his aid in a crisis [v.4-6]. All that
follows is then teaching based on this knowledge:
The Lord protects those who fear Him
Those who seek the Lord are wise [v.10,11]
Those who seek righteousness are wise
The Lord protects the needy righteous
The Lord protects the brokenhearted
The Lord protects His people [v.21,22]
of these descriptions is what David feels in this historical context.]
1: v.1-6 Praise & Testimony
David's determination to extol, praise, and glorify the Lord
will extol the Lord at all times;
will always be on my lips.
will glory in the Lord;
afflicted hear and rejoice.
the Lord with me;
let us exalt
his name together.
His reasons? The Lord delivers those who turn to Him
sought the Lord , and he answered me;
me from all my fears.
who look to him are radiant;
are never covered with shame.
poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
him out of all his troubles.
2: v.7-22: Teaching that follows
The Lord protects, delivers, blesses & provides for those
who honour Him
angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers
and see that the Lord is good;
is the one who takes refuge in him.
the Lord , you his holy people,
who fear him lack nothing.
Wisdom is found in seeking the Lord
lions may grow weak and hungry,
who seek the Lord lack no
my children, listen to me;
I will teach
you the fear of the Lord.
Wisdom is found in seeking to be righteous
of you loves life
to see many good days,
your tongue from evil
lips from telling lies.
from evil and do good;
and pursue it.
The Lord may reject the unrighteous but he watches & guards
eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
ears are attentive to their cry;
the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
out their name from the earth.
righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
them from all their troubles.
The Lord is there to protect those who are down
Lord is close to the brokenhearted
those who are crushed in spirit.
righteous person may have many troubles,
Lord delivers him from them
protects all his bones,
of them will be broken.
The wicked will fall to evil but God will rescue His people
will slay the wicked;
of the righteous will be condemned.
Lord will rescue his servants;
no one who
takes refuge in him will be condemned.
Thoughts: The deliverance, provision, and protection
of the Lord for His people is at the heart of this psalm. It comes
as an expression of David's praise for the Lord having saved and
delivered him. This may be expressing the sense of relief he must
have felt when he first escaped from Saul and then from the Philistines
who he had turned to.]
to Psa 35