Psalm 34 (Part 1) – Give Thanks and Praise God

Reading Time: 5 Minutes

Charles Spurgeon, the great English preacher said, “We thank God at all times, in every situation, under every circumstance, before, in and after trials, in bright days of happiness, and dark night of fear. We are never finished praising.”

Psalm 34 will help us give God the praise he is due. It will also instruct us how to live the best life possible.

Thank the Lord Always

I will always thank the Lord;
I will never stop praising him.
I will praise him for what he has done;
may all who are oppressed listen and be glad!
Proclaim with me the Lord’s greatness;
let us praise his name together!
(Psalm 34.1-3)

As I prayed through these verses this morning, I paused to thank the Lord. I imagined him in Gethsemane agreeing with the Father that the cross was the only way forgive the sins of humanity.

My mind quickly reviewed the six false trials that he endured before being beaten and mocked by Roman mercenaries. Then, he took the mile long walk to hang on a cross for six hours so we could be able to speak with God as our Friend.

Truly, I will always thank the Lord and never stop praising him. I will praise him for all that he has done.

If you are like me and know that your voice alone won’t give God the glory he is due. Join me and call others to give him thanks and praise for his character and his love, mercy, grace, and every other attribute.

We worship God together, usually on Sundays, because we need one another to fully express our gratitude and awe of such a great God.

Our Call – God’s Answer

The words, “I prayed . . . and he answered,” picture the great grace of God who reaches down to help.

I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me;
he freed me from all my fears.
The oppressed look to him and are glad;
they will never be disappointed.
The helpless call to him, and he answers;
he saves them from all their troubles.
His angel guards those who honor the Lord
and rescues them from danger.
(Psalm 34.4-7)

The first prayer that many people pray is when they become conscious of their sin. Feelings of guilt, shame and fear may be pressing in. Good news! God hears the prayers of sinners.

The Pharisees thought they were insulting Jesus when they said, “This man welcomes outcasts and even eats with them!” (Luke 15.2). In actuality, they were giving our Lord the highest praise. He cares for sinners and is ready to help.

For many our initiation into prayer may have sounded like a 911 call for help. Good news! When we place the call, he answers and saves us from trouble (verse 6).

“His angel” in verse 7 is probably a reference to Jesus in the Old Testament. He guards and rescues us from danger.

Let’s not forget that God’s protection is for those who honor the Lord by knowing and doing his will. Jesus’ words should be seriously considered: “Not everyone who calls me ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only those who do what my Father in heaven wants them to do” (Matthew 7:21).

Find Out for Yourself

We can only know how good God is through personal experience.

Find out for yourself how good the Lord is.
Happy are those who find safety with him.
Honor the Lord, all his people;
those who obey him have all they need.
Even lions go hungry for lack of food,
but those who obey the Lord lack nothing good.
(Psalm 34.8-10)

Make a trial, an experimental trial of the goodness of God. You can not discover how good God is except by finding out for yourself.

One of the Sunday School classes at Maywood Baptist Church is studying “Experiencing God.” This study is designed to help people experience God. The author of the study, Henry Blackaby, describes how God can be experienced.

(1) Know that God is at work in the world.

(2) Interact with God by reading the Bible and praying about what we read.

(3) God invites us to join him in what he is doing in the world.

(4) What God wants us to do stretches our faith and produces a crisis. Will we either obey him or refuse to follow his direction?

(5) When we act in faith, we join God in what he is doing in the world. At that point we experience God in a very real and personal way.

The young lions of this world think they are able to handle life apart from God. They think they are the “lions of the jungle,” and that other people are their prey.

The humble, vulnerable and oppressed of the world may seem like victims of the lions. However, our mighty God opposes the lions and make sure that “those who obey the Lord lack nothing good” (verse 10).

May We Pray for You?

Maywood Baptist Church has a prayer team who is honored to pray for you. Please email me at bsprad49@gmail.com or private message me on Facebook. I will pray for you and inform the prayer team of your request.

3 Comments

  1. As I read through the first half of this Psalm, verse 5 stands out. In the version you quote it reads “The oppressed look to him and are glad; they will never be disappointed.” In the NIV, I read “Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”

    When I think about the radiance, the gladness, the joy of those who follow Christ, I immediately see the faces of women who taught me as a child like Jo Beebe, Joan Williamson, and some who have already begun their eternity in heaven – Mrs. Lozell Hoover, Mrs. H.H. Gessley, Bonnie Carrol, Mary Renshaw (my grandmother), and I see young women in our church body today who have found their joy in Jesus like Gabby Hodges, Heather Gloria, Becka Watkins. These women and others – too many to name – have suffered pain in their lives. Each of these women have endured loss, hardship, suffering…and yet each stands as a shining example of how looking to God through the cross of Jesus gives us a radiance, a gladness, a joy that others can readily see and want for themselves.

    They have lived and proved verse 8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”

    I am not dropping names this morning to extol these women, but to prove what the Psalmist says….spending our thoughts, our time, our music, our lives praising God will bring a radiance that reflects back to the Creator. Our praise benefits our lives as we shine the light on His.

    There is no down side to praising our Lord. There is only joy, peace, comfort always, in every situation.

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  2. Even living way up here I see God’s work going on daily. It is true God put people around us that desparately needs his love and guidance. He daily shows me things to work on in myself so I can be better at helping others.

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