Psalm 34:1-8

Magnify The Lord With Me

 

 

Moe Bergeron

Moe Bergeron, Pastor

Psalm 34:1-8

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. (ESV)

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Sections

Verse 1-3 A description of a heartfelt praise to God looks like.
Verse 4 David’s Motivation to praise God.
Verse 5 David’s motivation for encouraging others to praise God.
Verse 6 What sort of people praise God?
Verse 7 Our God rescues those who call upon Him.
Verse 8 An exhortation to savor our Lord’s goodness.

Background

Psalm 34 pictures man’s weakness and God’s saving provision that is rooted in Jesus Christ. It is attributed to David when he pretended to be a madman before the Philistine king Abimelech (Achish), so that he (Achish) drove him (David) out, and he went away. This is the time in David’s life when, for all intents and purposes, he reached the end of his rope. It was then that he called upon God to deliver him. And God answered him.

Suggested Backdrop: 1Sa 21:10-22:2

21:10 And David rose and fled that day from Saul and went to Achish the king of Gath. 11 And the servants of Achish said to him, “Is not this David the king of the land? Did they not sing to one another of him in dances, ‘Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands’?” 12 And David took these words to heart and was much afraid of Achish the king of Gath. 13 So he changed his behavior before them and pretended to be insane in their hands and made marks on the doors of the gate and let his spittle run down his beard. 14 Then Achish said to his servants, “Behold, you see the man is mad. Why then have you brought him to me? 15 Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to behave as a madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?” 22:1 David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. 2 And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became commander over them. And there were with him about four hundred men. ESV

Verses and Other readings

Verse 1-3 What a deep heartfelt praise to God looks like.

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Psalms 51:15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.

Psalm 35: 27-28 Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore, “Great is the LORD,who delights in the welfare of his servant!” 28 Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long.

Verse 2 What a deep heartfelt praise to God looks like.

My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.

Psalm 44:7-8 But you have saved us from our foes and have put to shame those who hate us.  8 In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to your name forever.

Psalm 69:30-33 I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. 31 This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. 32 When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. 33 For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise his own people who are prisoners.

Definition: Humble: having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance.

Verse 3. What a deep heartfelt praise to God looks like.

Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!

Psalms 25:11: For your name’s sake, O LORD, pardon my guilt, for it is great.

Psalms 99:3 Let them praise your great and awesome name! Holy is he! … 99:5 Exalt the Lord our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!

Verse 4. What served to motivate David’s praise to God?

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

II Corinthians 1:10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.

Galatians 1:3-5 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Verse 5. What was David’s motivation to encourage others to join in his praises of God?

Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.

Acts 6:15 (of Stephen) And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

Acts 7:55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

Romans 9:33 as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

Verse 6. What kind of people praise God?

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

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Psalms 18:6 In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.

Romans 10:8b-13 “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Verse 7 Our God rescues those who call upon Him.

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

Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.

Verse 8. An exhortation to savor our Lord’s goodness.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

Isaiah 40:28-31 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

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