Psalms 34:6 says, This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
In Psalms 34 we are taught about the deliverance that only Jesus can give. The reason that people do not turn to Jesus is because they are blind spiritually. They do not see their need to trust in him. Jesus said in Matthew 5:3, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
There is physical trouble and there is spiritual trouble. Jesus can deliver you from both. Of course the worst kind of trouble is the spiritual trouble that all men are in because of their sins. God is holy. God judges sin. Romans 6:23 says, For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our LORD. Those who turn to Jesus in prayer, those who turn to Jesus for deliverance from their troubles can be confident that He will hear them and save them.
The word, poor used here in Psalms 34:6 can also mean humble. To be humble is the opposite of prideful. A prideful person does not admit their sins to God or repent of them. A prideful person resists the will of God and does not cry unto the LORD to deliver him out of his troubles.
Psalms 34:7 says, The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. A person who is poor in spirit is also a person who fears God. One of the great benefits of trusting in the only one true and living GOD, Jehovah, the I AM THAT I AM, Jesus Christ, is the deliverance that God is always willing and able to provide for you. Jesus died for your sins and defeated death when He rose from the grave. He certainly can deliver you from any other situation as well.
The phrase, the angel of the LORD refers to Jesus Christ. The word angel means messenger. The greatest messenger about God is God himself. John 1:1 says, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. John 1:14 says, And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
One of the most important messages that God wants his children to remember is that Jesus is always with them, guiding them and protecting them. He will never leave them nor forsake them. Jesus said in Hebrews 13:5, Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Joshua 1:5 says, There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Psalms 34:7 says, The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. Once you turn from your sins and turn to Jesus, Jesus will always be with you. This is why you can stand alone against the whole world. Because you are not alone if you are on Jesus side then you are on the side of righteousness and truth because Jesus is the truth and Jesus is your righteousness. The message of the Bible is a message of deliverance to all those whom cry unto Christ with humble hearts.
Psalms 34:8 says, O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
You dont need experience to know that Jesus is faithful to his promises and that Jesus is merciful and gracious to those that trust in him. You can learn these truths from Gods Word. But experience will teach you these things. Life will teach you that the LORD is good. The many people that go through life and do not see these truths are people who do not have faith in Christ or His promises.
Romans 8:32 says, He that spared not his own son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? James 1:17 says, Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. O taste and see that the LORD is good. All good things come from God. God sent His only son to die for your sins that you might have eternal life. Jesus loves you. Jesus will never forsake you. Jesus keeps his promises. Jesus has mercy and grace for all those whom trust in him. Blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Have you tasted and seen the deliverance that Jesus gives?
Psalms 34:9-10 says, O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.
To fear God and to seek God go hand in hand. A person who fears God will repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ because Jesus is God. A person who does not fear God will rely upon their own strength. But even those who think they are strong are not. That is why these words in Psalms 34 say, the young lions do lack, and suffer hunger. All good things come from God. God sends the rain on the just and the unjust. God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. The earth is Gods creation. If you trust in Jesus He will provide for your needs for however long you are on this earth. They that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. In other words those who trust in Jesus will have their needs met.
Psalms 34:11-14 says, Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
A fear of God will result in a person living the amount of time that they should live on this earth. One reason that so many on this earth have their lives cut short is because they throw away their opportunities to trust in Jesus. They reject the truth. They go the way of sin instead of righteousness and God judges them. The end of sin is death. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
One characteristic of a person that fears God has to do with what they say. Those who do not fear God often take Gods name in vain rampantly and use the name of Jesus Christ as a curse word. Those who do not fear God often are liars. Honesty begins in a person when they are willing to face the truth about their own sins and confess them to Jesus Christ. Until then a person is a liar. The fear of the LORD is to, keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. James 1:26 says, If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this mans religion is vain. God gave man speech so that he could both praise God and speak things that are true and pure and good. You will find very few people in this world who are honest people, who both praise God and do not slander other men in their speech. An evil tongue and a tongue full of lies can bring a person great sorrow in life. It can even result in a persons time on this earth being cut short. Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. To do these things is to have a fear of the LORD.
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. To depart means, To turn aside. The same word is used in the story of Moses and the burning bush which says in Exodus 3:3, And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
In other words to depart from evil is the principle of separation. Separation begins when a person turns from their sins to Jesus Christ for salvation. This is the reason some people that claim to be Christians fail to separate from false teaching, the lifestyles and activities of the people of the world, they never truly departed from evil in the first place by trusting in Jesus of Nazareth for salvation. Those who fear God will depart from evil. They will be in the world but not off the world. This is the meaning of the word church, to be called out of.
Second Corinthians 6:17 says, Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. Light and darkness do not mingle. Oil and water do not mingle. The child of God and the child of wrath do not mingle either. Some of the best verses in the Bible regarding the principle of separation are found in Psalms 1:1-2 which says, Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. In other words you are not truly separating from the world, the philosophies of the world, the sinful influences of the world, and the wicked men of this world unless you are feeding upon the Word of God. Romans 10:17 says, Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
If you put darkness in a room full of light the darkness will disappear. If you put light in a room full of darkness the darkness will flee from it. Knowing Gods Word, believing Gods Word, and feeding upon Gods Word is the most important principle to be able to, depart from evil, and do good.
If you have never been, called out if you have never been separated from your sins then listen to the words of God today. Jesus, the only begotten Son, was separated from God the father on the cross of Calvary when he died for the sins of the world so that those whom trust in him can be separated from their sins and separated from the world: separated unto eternal life. Taste and see that the LORD is good. Jesus gives deliverance to those that trust in Him.
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