Psalm 34 is written by David and likely comes after he is freed when he pretended madness before Abimelech, who drove him away. A fugitive from Saul, David went to the Philistine city of Gath but found no refuge there and narrowly escaped. He’s got plenty to be thankful for. “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth….magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together”! The truth is that all of us have plenty to praise God for. History is filled, even in our own lives, with His blessing and touch. We need to exalt Him as David did.
David got himself in plenty of hot water over and over during his life. It wasn’t an easy life, and he lived with many people wanting to destroy and kill him, but he also is a perfect example of God’s faithfulness. “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears….The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them”. God is faithful, and David knew it. His life story is filled with proof that God never leaves nor forsakes those who fear Him. He hears and answers our prayers.
That leads David to challenge us to “taste and see that the Lord is good….those who seek the Lord lack no good thing”. We have to trust Him to truly experience the goodness and blessing He has for us. It’s a lot like sitting on a chair. You can stand there and believe that the chair will hold you up, but until you put your weight on it by sitting down, you really don’t know for sure. Same thing with God. We can hear what David says and believe it is true, but until we experience it, we can’t truly know. We have to trust God and put our faith in Him and His goodness. He won’t fail.
God does keep score however. “The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry….The face of the Lord is against those who do evil”. How we live does matter. God cares for those who love Him and walk in obedience with Him. He blesses righteousness and rejects evil. It doesn’t mean that those who are righteous won’t face trouble. Certainly they will. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all”. God promises to hear them and respond to their cries. He takes action on their behalf. Walk with Him!