Written by: Tim Wood
Last week we saw that is important to praise the Lord at all times. When life is confusing or you are afraid, turn your attention to the Lord and praise Him. In verses 4-8 of Psalm 34 we learn the importance of seeking the Lord.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
The primary way that David sought the Lord was through prayer. This is evident from the response: "and He answered me." When we seek the Lord through prayer he will answer us. We may not like His answer but He will answer. What could be better than the Lord God giving you an answer? David tells us the results of God answering our prayers.
First, there was deliverance from all his fears (v. 4b). God’s wise counsel replaces fear with Divine guidance.
Second, there is a radiant glow in the faces of those who seek God (v. 5). People who are prayerfully seeking God radiate the glow of God's presence. His glory is reflected in their visage. The joy and peace of the Lord in your heart will be reflected in your face. His confidence and His hope will light up your life. Please note that we look “to Him” not just ideas or propositions about Him. In Aaron’s priestly blessing it says, “The Lord make His face shine upon you” (Numbers 6:25). The radiance of the Lord upon us is living in His presence day by day. The Lord is with you today. The Lord is for you today. Seek him and live in the light of His glory.
Third, the poor man who seeks the Lord will be saved out of all his troubles (v. 6). The word “poor” refers to a humble person. It takes humility to seek the Lord in prayer. In other words, I realize that I am not able to make wise decisions. My decisions got me into “trouble”. The Lord’s guidance can deliver me out of trouble.
Fourth, the angel of the Lord will encamp around the one who seeks God (v.7). The Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament is Jesus Christ. He is the Lord of Hosts. David may have been recalling Jacob’s experience at Mahanaim (two camps) in Genesis 32:1-2. When we seek the Lord his angels minister to us in ways we may never know about until we get to heaven. The writer of Hebrews says, “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Heb. 1:14).
Finally, when we seek the Lord we will be satisfied by the Lord (v.8). We are commanded to "taste" God! Why this word? Why not "think about" God or "remember" God? Why "taste" God? Because God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in Him. The imagery of tasting makes the point that experiencing God is a pleasant and pleasing and satisfying thing. Experiencing God feels good! We must therefore encounter God personally and not merely theorize about Him in our heads, for like honey, God is sweet to our souls, and like water, God brings refreshment when we are worn out, and like salt, He brings flavor to lives that are otherwise dull and lifeless and bland. Taste and see that the Lord is good!
Prayer: Lord, we seek YOU today. I am aware that I am living in your presence and you are good. Deliver me from fear and confusion and let my life reflect your joy and peace. All for your glory. AMEN.