The Lord is Good: Taste and See Part 2
The Lord is Good: Taste and See
Psalm 34, Part 2
David has four main purposes in Psalm 34.
- He expresses worship to the Lord.
- He shares his testimony about the Lord.
- He calls others to know, experience, and express the goodness of the Lord.
- He teaches people how to fear the
David makes definitive statements about those who fear the Lord.
7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.(Psalm 34:7 ESV) 9 Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack!(Psalm 34:9 ESV)
These verses lead us into Psalm 34:11-22
Understanding the fear of the Lord
Blessed is the one who fears the LORD always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.(Proverbs 28:14 ESV) The opposite of fearing the Lord is hardening our hearts toward him, to be unrepentant.
…This is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word. (Isaiah 66:2b ESV) Fearing God is linked with being lowly and being contrite.
…Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.(Philippians 2:12a-13 ESV)
Fear God—have hearts that are pliable, humble, and sensitive to him—because he is working in you, giving you the desire and power to do what pleases him.
“Fear the Lord” comes in the relationship with God through Jesus. We look upon the cross not with cowering fear but with reverence, awe, and overwhelming respect of God and his work of salvation and sanctification within us.
Fear of the Lord removes any notions of a sacred and secular divide. Everyday decisions made in the fear of the Lord are good decisions, marked with honoring and obeying him. Our daily decisions reveal whether we fear the Lord or not.
Fearing the Lord is evident in our purposes and decisions as well as our words and deeds (Psalm 34:13-14).
With fear and trembling and with humility and tenderness of heart, we purpose to:
- Guard our tongues against speaking evil and our lips from telling lies.
We are to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holinessby letting all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.(Ephesians 4:24; 31)
- Turn away from doing evil and turn toward doing good.
Paul challenges us to take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them(Ephesians 5:11).
- Seek and pursue peace. The gospel is peace; it brings peace to the disharmony we experience in sin and brokenness—peace with God, self, others, and creation.
The blessings of those who fear the Lord
- The Lordwatches and listens to the righteous (15)
- The Lordhears and delivers them from their troubles. (17)
- The Lordis near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. (18)
- The Lorddelivers the afflicted and preserves their bodies (19-20)
- The Lordredeems the life of his servants; those who take refuge in him are not condemned (22)
God doesn’t promise that we will not experience troubles, broken-heartedness, and afflictions, but we can experience him in the midst of them and be delivered eternally from all of them.
The Book of Psalms is full of rich insight into God's plan for our lives. It speaks to our response to God, both in seasons good and bad.