Psalm 34 – He Delivers from All Fear
This Psalm is such an amazing song of relief and hope. It is credited as a psalm of David. Many believe that it is written when David and his men were delivered from Achish the king of Gath in 1 Samuel 21:10-15. In this situation that David found himself in; David was on the run from King Saul. He ran to the Gath. Why he would do this? I am not sure. Gath is where Goliath was from. If you recall when David was still a boy, he killed Goliath from Gath when King Saul confronted the intruding Philistine armies. In this story in 1st Samuel, David had went to the Philistines for a place to hide. When David understood that they Philistines knew who he was he fear they would kill him and his men, so he acted like he was insane. The king wanted nothing to do with him and kicked him out.
Thus David saw this as protection from the Lord, and from this we get this Psalm. But really this Psalm comes from a culmination of a life that has been delivered over and over by the Lord God. God had made David victorious over a lion, a bear, and over the giant Goliath when David was just a youth. Then the Lord brought David into the palace of the king. The Lord protected David through many battles and gave him great fame and glory. When King Saul became jealous of David the Lord protected David from the entrapment of the king. He protected him, and fed him while he evaded Saul. Then here God protected David from his own foolishness and delivered him from his enemies.
David opens this Psalm like so many others. He starts by declaring that he has chosen to praise the Lord, and that he will continue in such a manner. David says that he will continue to boast on the Lord. David is not being quiet. He is proud of God who had delivered him from death. David knows by the past events that God is truly with him. He can have confidence that when he proclaims the name of the Lord, he will not be ashamed for doing it. The Lord is his protector. David calls for others who believe on the Lord to magnify the name of the Lord. This is a calling for others to expand upon the name of the Lord wherever they are, and in whatever situation they find themselves in. David calls others who believe on the Lord to give a loud witness, and glorify God.
Then David testifies on the faithfulness of God towards those that love him. He says, “I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (v.4) What a great thing it is to remember the things the Lord has done for us and to give thanks. So much better is it for us to give open praise to the Lord for his deliverances. David said that he “sought the Lord and he heard me”. That would indicate that the Lord was already listening for David’s cry for help. What an awesome God we love. He loves us so much the when we are in trouble, he is standing by for us to call out to him. He waits to hear us seeking him. The prophet Isaiah said, “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.” (Isaiah 55:6).
What a great reassurance. The Lord tells us in his scripture to seek him while he may be found. He has a sense of urgency. The Lord is expectant of you calling to him in your time of need. Isn’t that awesome? David then tells us that those who call on the name of the Lord; they were lightened and were not ashamed. They were relieved and blessed by the presence of the Lord and were not let down. (v.5) The poor cry and the Lord hears them and saves them out of their troubles. (v.6) David even goes further and tell us that the angel of the Lord makes his camp around, and delivers those who fear the Lord; and he fulfills their needs. (v.7)
Who are those who fear the Lord? Those who listen to instruction (v.11); those who keep their tongue from evil; those who seek peace, and to do good. It is these whose the Lords ears are open to, to hear their cry. (v.16) We are blessed who love the Lord and who seek to do what is right in his eyes. “Evil shall slay the wicked and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate” (V.20) The redemption of the soul of the righteous is a promise made by God and fulfilled in the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ. Since he is God, nothing can separate us from his love. Not failure, death, or even an illness like the Corona Virus. We too can sing out to the Lord without being ashamed. We have no need of fear. The Lord God who has delivered us in the past will deliver us again. We are not alone. He is waiting for you to cry to him. He is waiting for you to seek him. He is waiting to hear you declare your faith in him, that he is faithful, that he is love, that he loves you also. Make your boast in the Lord and call on others to be so proud, not of themselves, but in the Lord who delivers them. Give praise to the Most High! Give praise to the God who heals! Give praise to the God who encamps his angle about you, to keep watch over you, and to deliver you! Give praise to the Lord Jesus Christ.