Blessed is the man that taketh refuge in him. Each verse begins with a letter of the Hebrew Alphabet. And delivered them out of all their troubles. Psalm 34. Psalms 34 He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. Yes, he was indeed poor, hated and driven from the court of King Saul, hunted like a wild beast, deserted by friends and neighbors, everyone afraid to be seen in his presence or to come near him. That is, ascribe … 1. Some have expressed amazement that David here gave no details of the manner in which God had delivered him out of the hands of Abimelech (Achish), by feigning madness, a ruse which nearly all the older writers vigorously condemned, as hypocritical. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. It also should be noted that the dynastic name Abimelech was known when Moses wrote Genesis 20, and Genesis 26, centuries before the times of David. Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Jehovah redeemeth the soul of his servants; And none of them that take refuge in him shall be condemned.". 6 is now generalized. This indicates David's purpose of praising God under all circumstances. Again the marvelous words of Kipling come to mind: "Many are the afflictions of the righteous" (Psalms 34:19). This is not true. John Trapp Complete Commentary. 2 I live and breathe God; if things aren’t going well, hear this and be happy: 3 Join me in spreading the news; together let’s get the word out. I will bless the LORD at all times: Given the title of this Psalm and its historical setting, we see David triumphant and relieved at God’s rescue when he was held by the Philistines (1 Samuel 21:10-22:1).i. "In famine, he will redeem thee from death.". According to the superscription, it relates to the time he pretended to be insane before Abimelech, the Philistine king of Gath, who then drove him away. David could praise God for the forgiveness of his sins (cf. Commentaries for Psalm Chapter 34 David praises God, and encourages to trust him. Ver. The fact of the psalm's being an acrostic is considered sufficient grounds by destructive critics for assigning a date to this psalm long after the times of David and declaring that, "The date of it is post-exilic. The ancient superscription ascribes this psalm to David and identifies it with the occasion when he feigned madness to escape from Abimelech. 34. Psalm 34:16. Psalm 34. 1 I bless God every chance I get; my lungs expand with his praise. "I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise [shall] continually [be] in my mouth." This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. And loveth many days, that he may see good? This type of metaphor is called a synecdoche, In the New Testament, the most famous example of this is, "We are justified by faith," not meaning, of course, that we are justified by "faith alone," but by all of those Christian qualities of which `faith' is a prominent part. The face of Jehovah is against them that do evil. For there is no want to them that fear him. He could teach with integrity because he had already dealt with his own sin in Psalm 51. This poor man cried, and Jehovah heard him. The specific statement of ver. Bible > Bible Commentary; Wesley’s Explanatory Notes; Psalm; Psalm 34; John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes << Psalm 33 | Psalm 34 | Psalm 35 >> (Read all of Psalm 34) Verse 2 [2] My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. Fallen countenances are visible by the hundreds every day on every street corner. "Nigh unto them ... of a broken heart" (Psalms 34:18). "For there is no want for them that fear him" (Psalms 34:9). "I will teach you the fear of Jehovah" (Psalms 34:11). Barnes identified the following four paragraphs in the psalm: (1) thanksgiving for deliverance (Psalms 34:1-6); (2) from his experience, he invites others to join in praise (Psalms 34:7-10); (3) special instructions and exhortations for the young to trust in God (Psalms 34:11-14); (4) a general summary of the security, joys, and protection for those who truly rely upon God (Psalms 34:15-22).[6]. May we have the grace to believe it! He praises God for the experience which he … PSALM 34 THANKSGIVING TO GOD FOR DELIVERANCE The ancient superscription ascribes this psalm to David and identifies it with the occasion when he feigned madness to escape from Abimelech. Posted in | printer-friendly version » This psalm is ascribed to David. And saveth such as are of a contrite spirit. The New Testament tells us that when the rich young ruler decided against Jesus, that, "His countenance fell" (Mark 10:22). "[7] Not in fame, fortune, success, beauty, strength, youth, family, honors, reputation, or anything else, should the child of God receive in his heart as that which is most prized and appreciated; but the fact that one is privileged to be called God's child "in Christ," that is the greatest thing. It is an imperfect acrostic, omitting the sixth letter and adding another letter at the last, very similar in this particular to Psalms 25. The person who receives it, obeys it, and trusts its promises will shortly come to know, "Whom he has believed," having "tasted the good Word of God and the powers of the age to come" (Hebrews 6:5), and as Peter said, "Ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious" (1 Peter 2:3). "Commentary on Psalms 34:4". But there is a spiritual likeness in the face of every true Christian to that of Moses whose face shone when he came down from the mountain, and like Stephen when he addressed the mob that murdered him in Jerusalem, of whom Luke tells us that, "All that sat in the council saw his face as it had been the face of an angel" (Acts 6:15). Today, many a learned man is simply an ignoramus unless he also knows the Lord. "He is not merely an angelic messenger, but is in some sense identified with God himself."[9]. This is surely true. The meek shall hear thereof, and be glad. 1. There are many things, perhaps, which our finite minds shall never comprehend about how Jesus ransoms us from death; but it is a fact, gloriously stated by our Lord himself: Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. "[3] Alexander Maclaren also stated that, "Acrostic structure's indicating a late date is by no means self-evident,"[4] adding that it has certainly not been proved. » I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise [shall] continually [be] in my mouth. "All men sin, but the reference here is to those who will not repent and who have no intention of turning away from their evil deeds. View Psalm 34. Psalm 34 Bible Commentary. The Bible is loaded with admonitions that echo these words. Submitted by admin on Tue, 2006-06-20 08:23. 1983-1999. vv. "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". "In God's animal creation, even the strongest sometimes suffer hunger and want; but those who fear God shall not want any good thing. However, his name may be said to grow in glory as it is made known; and his character will stand higher in the sight of men as he becomes more and more the supreme object of trust and love."[8]. God has made it possible for men to know whether or not his word is true. The angel of Jehovah is frequently mentioned in the Old Testament. Psalm 34:20 is not a prediction about the Messiah's death but about a promise of health and well being to a faithful follower. At any rate, the deduction was true enough; and Christ, the only truly righteous One, saw the complete fulfilment of this in his own person on the Cross. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. If we hope to spend eternity in praising God, it is fit that we should spend much of our time here in this work... View the entire commentary. "David was a famous musician, a statesman, and a great soldier; but he does not say, `I will teach you to play on the harp,' or `how to handle the sword, or the spear, or to draw the bow,' nor, `to know the maxims of state policy,' but `I will teach you the fear of the Lord.'"[14]. And their faces shall never be confounded. The few things mentioned here by David are merely a few token things that suggest a truly righteous life in its fulness and obedience of the truth. "The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger" (Psalms 34:10). Here is the problem, hermeneutical theory asserts that the original intent of the inspired author is the place to begin how to understand a text, in a literary and historical context. "[1] No less than a dozen Roman emperors bore the title of Caesar. There are 22 verses in it. The poor man here is none other than David himself. It is an imperfect acrostic, omitting the sixth letter and adding another letter at the last, very similar in this particular to Psalms 25. Psalms 34:1 « [A Psalm] of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed. Nothing that feeble men can do is capable of either increasing or diminishing the glory of God.