Psalm 34:1-3 - The Verses Project

Bible Psalm 34:1-3

Posted May 16, 2016

[1] I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
[2] My soul makes its boast in the LORD;
let the humble hear and be glad.
[3] Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt his name together!

David’s song in Psalm 34 to God is uncontainable. He had just been miraculously rescued from the grips of Abimilech and can’t help but explode in praise toward God! Spurgeon describes David’s affections: ”He is resolved and fixed… he is personally and for himself determined, let others so as they may; he is intelligent in head and inflamed in heart—he knows to whom the praise is due, and what is due, and for what and when. To Jehovah, and not to second causes our gratitude is to be rendered.”

As we explore these three verses, we’ll ask three questions that will help us press into the text:

Who Shall Respond?

David’s song is not bashful, shows no signs of embarrassment, but is effusive and adamant; he isn’t content with singing alone is his room, but wants those around him to overhear it. He doesn’t stop there though! Once they’ve overheard it, he wants them to turn and find the same God who meets the humble in their troubles and delivers them. He then calls them to join his song that magnifies not David but rather exalts God!

How Shall We Respond?

We find an array of responsive verbs directed toward God: blessing the LORD, praising Him, making our boast in the LORD, hearing the good news, being glad in Him, magnifying God corporately, exalting His name with others. The interesting thing about this list is that all of us will bless, praise, and make our boast in something (even if it isn’t God). We were born with worship as our native tongue, and can’t help but speak it, even if we address the wrong person or thing! Will we find our boast in God who is our true deliverer, or will we boast in false deliverers who will ultimately fail us and not deliver on their promises? What does it mean to bless God? In the context, it seems to be associated with praising God & boasting in Him; it means to “speak a good word” about Him in light of kindness displayed. Will we bless the only One who’s truly worthy of every ounce of blessing we could muster up?

When Shall We Respond?

Lest we think these verbs are limited to a brief season of God-awareness, David clarifies but using phrases and words like “at all times” and “continually”. Spurgeon elaborates: “At all times, in every situation, under every circumstance, before, in and after trials, in bright days of glee, and dark nights of fear. He would never have done praising, because never satisfied that he had done enough; always feeling that he fell short of the Lord's deservings. Happy is he whose fingers are wedded to his harp. He who praises God for mercies shall never want a mercy for which to praise. To bless the Lord is never unseasonable.”

Credits

Song & devotional by Joel Limpic.
Recorded by Aaron Strumpel.
Artwork by Chris Wright of HandLettering.co.