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Loving Father, You are strength of my life and the origin of my hope. I affirm my trust in You.
Read Psalm 34:1-22
 Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“Hope is the confidence that if you do God’s will; God will keep his promises to you” (Tony Campolo).
Psalm 34 is an account of divine intervention. Apparently the writer, presumably David, had been in a perilous situation but had been dramatically delivered. Most scholars agree that the historical situation referenced here was when David was on the run from King Saul. David escaped to Gath where he approached King Achish, but suddenly realized he was in danger. He feigned madness before the king and was able to escape. David attributed his escape to the Lord answering his prayer (1 Sam. 21:10-15).
His gratitude for this deliverance is seen in praise to God, and in an exhortation to others to “Taste and see that the Lord is good…” (8).
In the first section (1-10), the psalmist’s praise was both personal (1) and congregational (2,3). Here, a miraculous deliverance from danger was the catalyst for praise and leads to a heart lifted in praise (5,6) and a call to others to come and experience the God of timely interventions (7-10).
The second section (11-22) contains general instructions arising from the psalmist’s experience of divine deliverance. David had not only experienced the presence of God, but had seen a clear demonstration of the power of God. His response was one of awesome wonder (“fear of the Lord” v. 11). Such devotion moves from worship and finds expression in moral behavior; a negative in turning from evil (11a) and a positive in embracing the good (11b). There follows a series of blessings to those who serve the Lord (15-18), and the conclusion speaks of ultimate destiny.
David saw his deliverance from suffering to be an encouragement to the godly. Our witness can encourage those in physical, emotional, personal, and spiritual distress.
Can you remember a time when you were in desperate circumstances? What was the cry of your heart? Tell someone else what you learned.
Lord, You have been close to me delivering and sustaining me. I am ever so grateful.
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