Reading the Word
Psalm 34:1–10 (ESV)
1 I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. 3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! 4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. 6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. 8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! 9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! 10 The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
Understanding and Applying the Word
People like to boast. We boast about our accomplishments. We boast about our abilities. We boast about our possessions. We even boast about our families. But how many of us boast about the Lord?
In this psalm, David boasts in God. He praises God for all he had done in David’s life. In his boasting he tells those who hear him that they too need to experience God. “Taste and see the the Lord is good!” he cries.
Let us remember the good things of God in our lives. Let us especially remember the salvation that we have by the grace of God. And let us boast of him and his goodness as we invite others to know our great God.
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