Friday, April 20, 2018

A Study of Psalm Thirty Four
Verse Eleven

11 Come children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Brethren:

Herein above the psalmist David is saying to listen to the wisdom that has been imparted to him by our Creator. This is to say, proper reverence of the Lord. Included would be prayer, thanksgiving, and our works towards our fellow man.

Prayer, is our communication with Him. It is our quiet time wherein we give our reports, confess our sins, and make petition to Him. Additionally it during this time that we should seek counsel in His word, by studying it. Friends, read daily, and meditate.

Thanksgiving, can also be done during prayer time, in that we come with praise to His name, and humble ourselves with all humility, with a thankful heart for all that He provides for us.

God, loves when we act in His name in the helping of those less fortunate. Likewise, it is His desire that He receive the glory for all actions on His behalf.

14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of mine heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord my strength, and my redeemer.” - Psalm 19:14 - That I may be obedient to you in all thoughts, words, and deeds. Such is proper reverence to our Lord.




Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Study on Psalm Thirty Four
Verse Ten

10 The lions do lack and suffer hunger, but they which seek the Lord, shall want nothing that is good.

Related Scripture

Psalm 84:11
Matthew 6:26-29
Philippians 4:19

Brethren:

As mentioned from the previous study on Tuesday, we read that all those that seek Him, and His wisdom, shall not lack for the provision of their needs. The godly by their patient obedience profit more than they which ravine and spoil.

David simply asserts, that those who guard against all unrighteousness should profit more because the Lord feeds his people, while even the lions and other beasts of prey often suffer hunger. What he says, then, is, that sooner shall the lions perish with hunger and want, than God will disappoint of their necessary food the righteous and sincere, who, content with his blessing alone, seek their food only from his hand. Whoever, therefore, shall in this way cast his cares upon God, and confide implicitly in his paternal goodness and bounty, shall live quietly and peaceably among men, and suffer no injury. If it is objected, that the good and the virtuous are not always exempted from penury, I answer, that the hand of God is stretched out to succor them in due season, when they are reduced to the greatest straits, and know not to what side to turn, so that the issue always shows that we seek not in vain from him whatever is necessary to the sustenance of life.” - John Calvin

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Study of Psalm Thirty Four
Verse Nine

9 Fear the Lord ye his Saints: for nothing wanteth to them that fear him

Brethren:
Herein above we read a verse that ties in with the preceding one of yesterday, and will likewise tie in with the following verse tomorrow.

Leave them to God above; Him serve and fear” – John Milton

Who are sanctified by his Spirit, and so are openly and manifestly his; these are exhorted to fear the Lord with reverence and godly fear; and great reason there is why they should fear him, since he is King of saints, and fear is due to him from them; and seeing they have received many instances of grace and goodness from him, and therefore should fear him for his goodness's sake; and besides they, and they only, know him, and have the grace of fear in them, and so only can exercise it on him.

[There is], so much goodness [that] is laid up for them; the heart of God is towards them, his secret is with them, his eye is upon them, and the sun of righteousness arises on them; and both grace and glory are given to them; nor in temporals, since godliness, or the fear of God, has the promise of this life, as well as of that which is to come.” - John Gill

Monday, April 16, 2018

A Study of Psalm Thirty Four
Verse Eight

8 Taste ye and see, how gracious the Lord is: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Brethren:
Gracious, such a beautiful word. Defined it means abounding in grace or mercy. And how it so helps to define the nature of our Creator. Merciful, and filled with grace.

Now, the man who seeks God, and places all trust and assurance in Him, is therefore blessed by the mercies of Providence. Friends, henceforth, let us seek or as has been written above, "taste" Him daily. In prayer, in the study of his word, and in fellowship with one another.
R.P. Woitowitz Sr.

Consider it seriously, and thoroughly, and affectionately and make trial of it by your own and others’ experiences. This is opposed to those slight and vanishing thoughts which men have of it.” - Matthew Poole

The goodness of God includes both the beauty and amiableness of his being and the bounty and beneficence of his providence and grace; and accordingly.

We must taste that he is a bountiful benefactor, relish the goodness of God in all his gifts to us, and reckon that the savour and sweetness of them. Let God’s goodness be rolled under the tongue as a sweet morsel.

We must see that he is a beautiful being, and delight in the contemplation of his infinite perfections. By taste and sight we both make discoveries and take complacency. Taste and see God’s goodness, that is, take notice of it and take the comfort of it, (See 1 Peter2:3 ).

He is good, for he makes all those that trust in him truly blessed; let us therefore be so convinced of his goodness as thereby to be encouraged in the worst of times to trust in him.

He would have us join with him in a resolution to seek God and serve him, and continue in his fear” - Matthew Henry

Friday, April 13, 2018

A Study of Psalm Thirty Four
Verse Seven

7 The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them.

Related Scripture:
2 Kings 6:17; Psalm 91:11; Daniel 6:22

Brethren:

We are protected by God's word, wisdom and love. Whilst we mayhap suffer from the trials and tribulations of this world, God has promised to deliver us from all of them.

Being frequently mentioned in the OT.: (See Exodus 23:20; Isaiah 63:9). He is not merely an angelic messenger, but is in some sense identified with God Himself. He may be said to stand for God in His self-revealing character, and in His activity among men.”
John Dummelow

The angel of the Lord is an expression which has given rise to much discussion. From comparison with other passages it may be (1) any commissioned agent of God, as a prophet (Haggai 1:13). (2) One of the celestial court (Genesis 22:11). (3) Any manifestation of the Divine presence, as the flame in the bush (Exodus 3:2), the winds (Psalms 35:5-6; Psalms 104:4). (4) Jehovah Himself, as in the phrase “the angel of his presence” (Isaiah 63:9). It may very well be, therefore, that the psalmist uses it here in a general sense for the Divine manifestation of protection. We thus avoid the difficulty in the image of one angel encamping round the sufferer, which other commentators try to avoid by supposing angel to mean either a troop of angels, or captain or chief of an angelic army. But for this difficulty, we should connect the psalmist's words immediately with the well-known incident in Jacob's life at Mahanaim, or with the story of Elisha and “the horses and chariots of fire” round about him. We certainly must not let go the beautiful thought that round God's elect— 'The spangled hosts keep watch in squadrons bright.'(a)
C.J. Ellicott



Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Study of Psalm Thirty Four
Verse Six

6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

Brethren:

As we've noted in our previous studies, one of the things that our Lord takes great pleasure in is our praises; the sacrifice of our lips. This means from the greatest to the least of us. (Read Hebrews 13:15). As such, He is quick to hear our cries, our petitions and act upon them.

These here spoken of, that looked unto God, had their expectations raised, and the event did not frustrate them: Their faces were not ashamed of their confidence. But perhaps these also were persons of great eminence, like David himself, and upon that account were highly favoured, or their numbers made them considerable. Nay, 'This poor man cried', a single person, mean and inconsiderable, whom no man looked upon with any respect or looked after with any concern yet he was as welcome to the throne of grace as David or any of his worthies.” - Matthew Henry

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Study of Psalm Thirty Four
Verse Five

5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
King James Translation

Brethren:

We are reminded here of three scriptures that use the concept of faces being alight. Exodus 34:29-35, wherein Moses in speaking with God came out and his face shone, that is to say, was radiant. Secondly when Christ took his three disciples up the mountain and was transfigured so that he shone beyond brightness. Along the side of Him were Moses, and Elijah. Both men of great faith and trust in God. And finally 2 Corinthians 3:7.

Friends, when we look towards Him as our Savior, and as He that hath control over all things, we shall never be ashamed. It is Paul the Apostle that writes:
“I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ” In this, he writes that the Gospel is the bringer of joyous news, and more importantly salvation.

That is, 'the humble' ones, ( See Psalms 34:2 ) ; and so this is a reason why they should join in praising and magnifying the Lord; these 'looked' up to God in prayer and by faith, when in distressed and uncomfortable circumstances, for help and deliverance, and a supply of every needful good thing; and they were 'enlightened'; so the Targum renders it, 'their faces were enlightened'; as Jarchi and Aben Ezra interpret it, in opposition to what follows: they must have been enlightened before they could look, but by looking to the Lord more light was gained: this chiefly designs the light of joy, peace, and comfort, which is had in a way of believing: some render the word "and flowed", as a river does, that is, to the Lord, as in ( See Jeremiah 31:12 ) . So Kimchi and Ben Melech explain the word; and it denotes both the numbers of them that looked up to the Lord in their distress, and the swiftness of their motion to him, and their earnestness and fervor of mind; so faith is not only a looking to Christ, but a going forth unto him; having what they prayed and looked for, and what they hoped and believed they should have; namely, deliverance and salvation, and so peace and pleasure.” - John Gill – Theologian