Psalm 34 (June 23, 2011)

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack!
The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good?
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.
Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
(Psalm 34:8-14 ESV)

Taste and See That The Lord is Good!

After having illustrated the deliverance of God from trouble that he experienced in God, David invites others to join with him in trusting God and and experiencing his faithfulness. He instructs those around him to seek their satisfaction in God, for he makes those happy who trust in him. He doesn’t just leave it at an invitation, however. He issues an imperative as well. He instructs people  who want to walk in the goodness of God to live a certain way, or in accordance with the goodness of God.

1. Watch your mouth: (13) Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from deceit.

2. Watch your step: (14) Keep your steps away from evil and instead, do good.

Hope in the Psalms

Walking in the goodness of God means walking a certain way. We don’t walk in order to gain praise for ourselves, but rather to direct others to praise God with us and give glory to him. We don’t walk in a deceitful way, in order to further our agenda, but we walk in humble obedience to God, focussing the attention of others upon him. Look again to Matthew 5:

Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.



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