For centuries, people have turned to the book of Psalms to give them words to pray, as well as permission to pray boldly and honestly about all kinds of things: fear, pain, confusion, anger, enemies, guilt, and a need for guidance, as well as joy, gratitude, hope, and faith. More importantly, Jesus prayed the Psalms, and quoted them more often than any other Old Testament book. This summer, join us as we explore some Psalms in depth and seek to embed them in our hearts, minds, and souls.
Read Psalm 34:1-7
I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.
God promises great blessings to his people, but many of these blessings require our active participation. He will deliver us from fear, save us out of our troubles, and guard and deliver us, but we must do our part.
Look again at what the writer of this psalm was willing to do to connect with God and receive his blessings. Are you willing to do the same?