Notes: July 11, 2008 – I Samuel 21:13-15 & Psalm 34

Hypocrisy, deceit and falsehood can never be right in the sight of God, whatever men may ingeniously say to excuse them. (Adam Clarke)

Psalm 34

Meditation Points:

  • An alphabetic psalm, each of the 22 verses begins with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet. (Note: it has been suggested that verse 22 actually belongs between our verses 5 and 6, for then the alphabet would be represented consecutively.)
  • In some editions of the scriptures, the title is placed apart from verse 1; in others the title actually begins verse 1; and in yet others, the title is omitted entirely.
  • Whether David wrote of this experience while it was happening or some years later, makes little difference to the psalm’s message.
  • Achish was the king’s proper name (1 Samuel 21:14), and Abimelech was his title (Psalm 34:1), like Pharaoh or Caesar.
  • Certainly fear led David to pretend madness before the Philistine king; but God delivers His people from all of their fears (Psalm 34:4; 2 Timothy 1:7). What are you afraid of?
  • Better to fear the Lord than men (Psalm 34:4, 7, 9, 11)
  • The fear of the Lord cannot be taught by someone who doesn’t know God; David, in spite of his human weakness, knew God (Psalm 34:11)?
  • How do you know you don’t like it when you’ve never tried it? (Psalm 34:8)
  • “Shall not lack any good” (Psalm 34:10; Matthew 6:33).
  • Do you want to live long and prosper? Guard your tongue and your actions (Psalm 34:12-14).
  • Man is born to trouble (Job 5:7; 14:1); but the Lord delivers His people from all of their troubles and afflictions (Psalm 34:6, 17, 19).
  • “Nearer, my God, to Thee” is a beautiful hymn. But God isn’t close to everyone (Psalm 34:18).
  • No broken bones. Compare Psalm 34:20 with John 19:36.
  • The LORD redeems the soul (Psalm 34:22). We expect too little when all we ask of God is good health.