Psalm 34 is called Praise, from the Cave another Powerful Prayer written by David when he feigned madness before Abimelech who drove him away, he went to the Philistine’s city of Gath but found no refuge and narrowly escaped.
David went to the Cave at Adullam where he met many desperate men who joined him. This joyful and wise Psalm seems to have been written from that Cave and sung in the presence of those men who were calling God’s people to praise.
The Psalmist used this chapter to praise God, to testify of God’s goodness, teaching and God’s righteousness.
Psalm 34: 1-2 A life overflowing with praise
I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
Psalm 34: 3-7 David delivered Testimony
O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he heard me and delivered me from all my fears.
They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him and delivereth them.
Psalm 34:8-10 David’s invitation of sharing his joyful testimony
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
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.
Psalm 34:11-14 David teaching the people of God to live in fear of the Lord
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.
Psalm 34:15-16 Living under the watchful eye of God
The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
Psalm 34:17-18 David acknowledge God as the helper of the humble
The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Psalm 34:19-22 David know that God care for the righteous ones
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.
May the Lord continue to bless you as you read