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Thank God Always – Psalm 34

by Andrew Kerr

This has to be one of my very favorite songs. Yet it is only really this morning that I have put it all together.

To me it reads like the Psalter’s equivalent for Philippians 4. An appropriate title, therefore, might be ‘Give thanks in all circumstances’.

If we break the Psalm up into three main sections it will help get David’s drift and delight – driven abroad by Saul, in all fears he sought God: His salvation led to joy.

The Thanking King Resolves – verses 1-2

David urges Israel to join him in his joy: however bleak things seem, his tongue will be a tool to praise. LORD, LORD, LORD is elevated and enlarged.

I will bless the LORD at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth …Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His Name together.

The Testifying King Recalls – verses 4-10

Once reliant, now radiant, the King relates God’s rescue: great fears, prayed tears, angelic help, repeated relief – he urges friends to taste how good Yahweh is in trial.

I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant …The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him.

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