PSALM 34: 1-6
I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.2My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.3O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.4I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.5They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.6This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
“I sought the Lord and he heard me”. While in prison, David realizes he was far from God, so he repented and is once again trusting the Lord and honouring Him. David composes Psalm 34 during his imprisonment in Gath, telling how he found God’s peace again. Without realizing it, David’s singing and praising God, encouraged others in the prison to trust the Lord in all situations. The full story can be found in 1 Samuel 21.
David stops relying on the Lord and loses faith
David, fleeing from Saul, went first to say goodbye to his friend Jonathan (Saul’s son). Following that, David heads to the Holy place in Nob where he meets the Priest Ahimelech.
The Priest asked David why he is alone. David, relying on himself, instead of having faith in God, lies, saying that he is on a special journey for King Saul and asks the priest for bread and a sword. With that lie, David receives 5 loafs of holy bread and the sword that he used years earlier to cut off Goliath’s head. These were items David should not have access to.
David; running on his flight instinct, is not thinking straight nor relying on God. He leaves the Priest, heading directly to King Achish of Gath. As David heads into the pagan city of Philistine, he is carrying Goliath’s sword and, is recognized immediately as the person who had killed Goliath and is captured and thrown into prison.
David repents and sought out the Lord
David, becomes ashamed that he left God out of the equation. He repents of his sins asking for forgiveness. His faith is restored and he finds peace, even though his situation has not changed.
David, still in a dire situation, begins writing Psalm 34, blessing and praising God. Was this Psalm written as a bribe? No, it was written from thankfulness that he has God’s presence with him, once again. Regardless of the outcome, David is filled with love and respect for the Lord. He now he sings “I sought the Lord, he heard me and delivered me from all my fears“. David is no longer frightened, even though God did not say that he would help David. Yet, here is David , still in jail, writing Psalm 34 with peace, confidence and praising, praying, and singing to God. David’s faith impresses me.
David’s actions encourage the Philistines to seek God
David believed that God may help him, but knew that only God can take away his fears. God gives David peace that passes understanding. Philippians 4 (Verses 6-7).
On the day David was taken before King Achish, thoughts of playing the part of a man who had seizures and acting insane came to David. So when he was placed before the king, this drama worked so well that David was released from prison and forced to leave the town. No one can be sure if David acted on his own, in this charade, or if it was God’s suggestion. Regardless, David was a free man!
God had listened, helped and delivered David. The prisoners that witnessed everything were amazed. Because of David’s faith, many of them became believers. Hallelujah!
Following his release from prison and leaving Galt David wrote 1 Samuel 20, 1 Samuel 21. David says that no matter what happens in his life, during the good or bad times, he will always be praising God!
MY PRAYER FOR: PSALM 34:1-6
Father in Heaven,
Lord, whenever I praise, pray, sing or call to you , I know you hear me. Sometimes I am looking for solutions, however the answers or the help that I receive are not always the ones I ask for or want. However, the answers are definitely the ones I need.
Can others see you Lord working in my life?
I pray people will witness my joy, peace and love for you. Perhaps they will hear your calling, as the Philistine prisoner’s did, that watched David.
Lord as soon as we open our hearts, you are there with open arms. Encourage me to be an inspiration for people to leave the darkness and enter into your beautiful glorious light.
Heavenly Father, I will forever bless you. May I always magnify you with my praises. God, no matter what is happening in my life I know that you are watching over me very closely. Whatever situation I am going through, is exactly where I am meant to be.
I am fortunate that by loving, following, and knowing you, I can feel your arms around me. I can relax in you no matter what I’m in the midst of. Lord, you love and care for me and I am so very honoured and privileged to be your child.
I praise your mighty name Father, now and forevermore!
In the name of your son, Jesus Christ, I pray.