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May 30 - Evening

"I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.

Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.

This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the Lord encamps around
those who fear him, and he delivers them.

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing."

- Psalms 34:1-9

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Avoid Foolish Mistakes by Focusing on the Lord Instead of Yourself    

Beginning after the superscript, Psalm 34 follows the acrostic organization for each verse.
The superscript (or, title) associates this psalm with events in David’s life from 1 Samuel 21:10-15 when David found himself feigning insanity in front of the Philistine King Achish.

Achish was the king of Gath who’s official title was “Abimelech” (meaning “my father is king”) like “Pharaoh” was the title of Egyptian kings. In fact, Abraham and Isaac use the title “Abimelech” in Genesis 20 and Genesis 26 refer to the leader of the Philistines.

Since the subject matter of this title does not specifically match the topics detailed in the individual acrostic verses it is hard to imagine this superscript being added years later. It would seem David himself wrote and titled this Psalm based on his personal experience in Gath before Abimelech Achish, the king of Gath.

The first nine verses of this psalm build like this:

34:1 – David declares his intention to praise the Lord in these words and at all times. Avarakha, or “Let me bless,” begins the acrostic with the first Hebrew letter ‘aleph.

34:2 – David’s glory is not in himself, his skill, his kingdom, his wealth, or his military power. No, because David’s glory, or “boasting”, is in the Lord. David turns away from a self-centered subject to glorify and boast in the Lord. David’s purpose in writing is to assist others, possibly other people who are self-centered and self-promoting boasters, to look away from themselves in order to see someone who is truly worthy of promoting. The one who is worthy of promotion and praise is the Lord.

34:3 – Here others are directly invited to join David in his boasting by “magnifying” or “making great” the Lord. Of course, God’s character will not change, but man’s awareness of the Lord’s great essence will come into sharper focus for them. A greater awareness of the Lord results in a greater faith. And, greater faith produces greater obedience.

34:4 – David recounts personal experience of the Lord’s deliverance in his own life.

34:5 – David recounts the historical examples of others who looked to the Great God and were delighted with the results. This most likely would include many of the Old Testament examples we are also familiar with that had preceded David and his times.

34:6 – David guarantees that when a humble person turns to God instead of exalting themselves the Lord will listen. Instead of boasting in our own plans we should seek the Lord and promote his ways.

34:7 – One of the methods and one of the reasons for the deliverance of the believer is the presence of the Angel of the Lord (the divine messenger, who sometimes is clearly a manifestation of the Second Member of the Trinity in the Old Testament). The Angel of the Lord is often mentioned in the biblical accounts such as when Abraham sent his servant Eliezer into Aram to find Isaac’s wife (Gen. 24:7), or when the Angel of the Lord led Israel in the wilderness (Ex. 23:20-23).  Those who honor this “messenger,” the Angel of the Lord or the Second Member of the Trinity, will “be set free.”(John 8:32; Romans 8:2; Luke 4:17-21).

34:8 – David encourages us, his readers and fellow worshippers, to personally experience the Lord in our own lives and join him and those before him in agreeing that the Lord is Good.

  Christian Quote from Church History
“Odd, the way the
less the Bible is read,
the more it is translated.”

– C.S. Lewis
Something to Ponder??
On February 8, 356 Athanasius goes into exile for the third time since the Council of Nicea in 325. Athanasius was the defender of the eternal existence of Christ and the deity of Jesus, but because the Arians (who taught Jesus was created by God) were in political power, Athanasius was out of favor. Arianism was a heresy condemned at the council of Nicea in 325 had made a comeback and was sweeping the Roman Empire in 356 AD. Athanasius would be exiled two more times before he died. (More details here, here and here.)
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Tapeinos (Gr) – Humble (Eng) – tapeinos is a Greek word that means “low lying,” and “humble.” Tapeinos means “humble in spirit” in Matthew 11:29 and 2 Corinthians 16:1; “of low degree” in Luke 1:52; “of low estate” in Romans 12:16; and in 2 Corinthians 7:6
refers to “cast down” of “lowly.”


The Letter of Clement (or, First Clement) was written around 95 AD from Rome by Clement, the bishop of Rome. In this document written to the church in Corinth Clement makes reference to three New Testament letters available to the churches and seen as authoritative: Romans,
1 Corinthians and Hebrews.  So by 95 AD the churches possessed and recognized as scripture these three books that we still have today.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I spend more time seeking my own glory and my own purpose than I do serving God’s glory and seeking his purpose? My life will glorify the Lord and serve his plans.

"For as churning cream produces butter
and as twisting the nose
produces blood,
so stirring up anger
produces strife.”

- Proverbs 30:33
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