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A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed. I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
“MAGNIFY THE LORD WITH ME”
The event associated with this psalm is recorded in 1Sa_21:1-15. It was not a very creditable incident. David, however, realized the goodness of God, notwithstanding his own failures and mistakes.
In the original the verses begin with the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
Psa_34:1 : At all times… continually. It is a sign of great grace to bless always, in dark as well as bright days.
Psa_34:3 : “Birds,” says Trapp, “when they come to a full heap of corn, will chirp to call their fellows.”
Psa_34:4-6 : All the time David was feigning madness, his soul was going out to God in prayer.
Psa_34:7 : Compare Act_12:6-10.
Psa_34:8 : Some experiences must be enjoyed to be understood. There are not words adequate to tell of them.
Psa_34:10 : “We will leave thee nothing!” said plundering soldiers to a widow. “I care not,” returned she. “I shall not want so long as God is in the heavens.” Columba-an early Celtic missionary-spent his last afternoon in transcribing this psalm, saying when He reached Psa_34:10 : “I will stop here. The following verse will better suit My successor.”
Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
THE SALVATION OF THE CONTRITE
Psa_34:11-14 : The gist of this exhortation is quoted by Peter in his first Epistle. See 1Pe_3:10. We need not fret to defend ourselves or to answer false accusations. Let us refrain our lips, hold our peace, as Jesus did, and go on doing what is right and good. God will see to it that our needs are supplied, that our enemies are silenced, and that our soul is redeemed.
Psa_34:15 : Do you feel unable to claim the designation of righteous? Remember that Paul was glad to reject his own, that he might be clad in Another’s righteousness. That still avails for us. See Php_3:9.
Psa_34:17 : We are not kept from trouble, but delivered out of it.
Psa_34:20 : You do not recognize Him, but the Great Gardener passes by the plants that have braved the wind and storm to bend over you who are beaten to the earth. See the literal fulfillment of this in Joh_19:36. How much we owe to God’s continuous care!
Psa_34:22 : Observe the present tenses in which the psalmist records God’s redeeming love. It never grows old.