"His People's Exultation in His Exaltation: in View of Psalm 21."
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"A Psalm of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech [the Philistine king]; who drove him away, and he departed." "Abimelech" was what they called their kings in Gath, and the name of the king of Gath that drove David away was "Achish". This story is recorded in I Samuel 21:10-22,
Psalms 34 is an acrostic Psalm. There are twenty two verses in this Psalm and in the Companion Bible there is a Hebrew letter placed before each of the verses. The point to an acrostic message, is that God has a special message that He is relation to those with eyes to see and ears to hear with understanding. This Chapter is divided into two groups, of sets of eleven, with one set dealing with praise, and the last set of eleven verses dealing with instruction.
The Hebrew alphabet is complete with the exception of one letter and it is dropped. The letter that is dropped is "vah" or "v". It is one of the letters that make up or Father's name, "YHVH", however we still have the name "YH" present. Appendix 63 VII gives us the details of this acrostic Psalm, for the Hebrew letter "Pe=P" is duplicated, in the word "Pudah", meaning "redeem".
Psalms 34:1 "I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth."
This is David speaking, and it does not mean that you have to be a religious fanatic. However it is saying that our faith in our Father is never absent or shaken.
Psalms 34:2 "My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: The humble shall hear thereof, and be glad."
David is saying, if I boast about anything it will be about my Lord, my Heavenly Father. Others will hear my words and see His Love, and my love for Him.
Psalms 34:3 "O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together."
We magnify the Lord when we come together in fellowship, to praise His Name and worship together.
Psalms 34:4 "I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears."
You and I are living in the flesh in this earth age, and we have all the troubles and fears that go along with the flesh age. However, even though we are living in these flesh bodies, Father has given us the power over those things that would bother you. He has placed an angel of God over you, watching you to protect you from those things that would come against you. God will deliver you from all your fears when you place your trust in Him.
Psalms 34:5 "They looked unto Him, and were lightened: And their faces were not ashamed."
You don't take your eyes off the Father, for that will lead you into other directions. You can't even look within your own self, for that also will cause you to fall. But Keep your eyes on the Lord, stay focused on His Word and the knowledge that you receive from it. Remember Peter, with all his faith, actually walked on the water, but the moment that He took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink. Spiritually speaking, we can not take our eyes off Jesus for one moment, or the angry waves of this earth age of the flesh will over take us. Keep your eyes and mind on our Father's Word.
Psalms 34:6 "This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles."
Just as our Father heard David in his cries, He also will hear you and I in our cries to him when we are in trouble. Being a Christian is a reality, a way of life, and not a religion, so stop playing Christianity. Make The Word the reality of your life. Live it, don't play at it.
Psalms 34:7 "The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, And delivereth them."
Did you get that? The angel of the Lord encampeth all around those that fear and give reverence to our Heavenly Father, And He delivereth them from their troubles. Do you have problems? Have you given them over to Father, or are you still hanging on to them. What are you worried about, once you understand the power of our heavenly Father and His care for you, your problems become His problems, and he knows how to get rid of them. This is a promise from Father to you, only you have to trust Him and allow Him to straighten them out.
Psalms 34:8 "O taste and see that the Lord is good: Blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."
Can you do that, can you taste and see that the Lord is good? You taste of the Lord Spiritually, and you taste of the Lord by studying His Word. You taste of the Lord when you stand on those promises that He gave you, and make each of them part of your life. "Blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."
Psalms 34:9 "O fear the Lord, ye his saints: For there is no want to them that fear Him."
"His saints" are those that are set aside, God"s elect. If you trust in Father, and be patient, there will be no want.
Psalms 34:10 "The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: But they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing."
Another words, the young lions are active and viscous and become the best hunters, and even they go hungry at times. But those that seek the Lord will not have to be in want by your lack of ability. God is promising you, that if you seek the Lord, He will make the provisions, all the good things available to you. We inherit it in the eternal sense for we inherit the Father, and while in these physical bodies, He will provide for our needs.
Psalms 34:11 "Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord."
God is telling you that if you will study, read and listen to the voice of the Lord, His Spirit will teach you what you should understand.
Psalms 34:12 "What man is he that desireth life, And loveth many days, that he may see good?"
Psalms 34:13 "Keep thy tongue from evil, And thy lips from speaking guile."
Can you handle your tongue, can you watch out what you say, and how you speak? Can you keep from speaking evil of others, and starting gossip? If you claim the name of the Lord, do it, you have no place passing on evil thoughts to others.
Psalms 34:14 "Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace, and pursue it."
These things are all part of the conditions Father laid down to his providing and protecting you. If you will do these things, you are keeping your trust in the Lord. Stay away from all evil, and do good works for others. Seek peace and try your best to keep the peace between family, friends and the neighborhood. When you do these things, almighty God and His angel looking over you are there to give it to you.
Psalms 34:15 "The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, And his ears are open unto their cry."
Father sees you in everthing that you say and do. He know the intent of your mind for those righteous acts that you do for others, and when you are in need, He will be there to help you in your time of need. When you ask, Father understands exactly what you need.
Psalms 34:16 "The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth."
God is against your enemies, and those that would do you harm. Sure they may get away with something for a while, but their end will come shortly and they will be cut off forever. It is not for you to take vengeance on them of we read in Romans 12:19; "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." "
Those that seek to do one of God's set aside ones harm just will not be there in the eternity. They will not make it.
Psalms 34:17 "The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, And delivereth them out of all their troubles."
This is a promise from Father to you. If you are righteous, one of the saints and you cry out to the Lord, He will always hear you and deliver you out of your troubles. That is a promise that you can count on every day of your life. There is not one thing that you can do by worrying to solve your problems. It was the hand of Almighty God that brought you through your problems. If you have any love for Father at all, He will not go back on His Word.
Psalms 34:18 "The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; And saveth such as be of a contrite spirit."
When you are humble yourself before Him, and say, Father I'm sorry for the mess I get myself into. He will hear your request and help you through those times.
Psalms 34:19 "Many are the afflictions of the righteous: But the Lord delivereth him out of them all."
God knows that you will go through many afflictions, and Satan is out there laying traps for you every day, yet Our Heavenly Father will deliver you out of them all. God said, I will get you out of all of them, every last one of them, however remember that there are conditions to that, for this promise is to those that "put their trust in Him". The believe the Father and His Word, and they follow it in their everyday lives.
Psalms 34:20 "He keepeth all his bones: Not one of them is broken."
We know that when our Lord went to the cross, not one bone in his body was broken. That was a prophecy coming to pass. This leads into Psalms 22, the Lamb that was sacrificed for the sins of those that would accept Him and believe on His name. In a spiritual aspect of this, the bones are members of the body of Christ, and he will see to it that not one bone or soul of that many membered body of Christ is damaged in any manner.
Psalms 34:21 "Evil shall slay the wicked: And they that hate the righteous shall be desolate."
Satan is already condemned to death at the close of the Millennium age of Christ's kingdom, and all those that chose to follow Satan will be destroyed also. If you are following Satan, or one of his ministers, you are putting an end to your soul in very short order.
Psalms 34:22 "The Lord redeemeth the soul of His servants: And none of them that trust in Him shall be desolate."
This verse has the second "Pe=P" in this acrostic. There is a very important for this reason, because it is a promise that we hang our entire life on. "The Lord redeemeth the soul of His servants:" The Lord purchased you soul with the shed blood of His Son, Jesus the Christ, the Messiah. Though not a bone was broken on the cross, He did shed His blood and give up His live in the flesh for your and my sins. That could only have happened because Jesus lived a sin free life in his flesh body, and that made him qualified to be offered as the Sacrificial Lamb for the sins of the World. For those that would accept that gift and repent in Jesus name. This acrostic points to this fact, and shows us that the Lord redeemed the souls of His saints.
We are not talking about the flesh bodies here, but the soul, that body that liveth within each of our flesh bodies. Then the promise that you can count on every moment of every day of your life: "And none of them that trust in Him shall be desolate." Not one soul that puts their trust in the Lord shall be lost and condemn to the lake of fire. The same Lord that you put your trust in, He will bring you through all of your troubles. All of them.
When the "Va=V" was taken out of the Acrostic, it demonstrated to us that it points not to the Father, YHVH. but to "YH" the Son Jesus Christ that would pay the price for the redemption of our sins. So why the double "P" or "Pe"? That is because of the word "Pedah" that we talked about in the introduction of this chapter, as recorded in Appendix 63 VII, ii, for it means "redeemed" .
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