David praiseth God, and exhorteth others thereto by his experience.
Psalms 34:1 For David, when he changed his countenance before Achimelech, who dismissed him, and he went his way. [1 Samuel 21] I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall be always in my mouth. Psalms 34:2 In the Lord shall my soul be praised: let the meek hear and rejoice. Psalms 34:3 O magnify the Lord with me; and let us extol his name together. Psalms 34:4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me; and he delivered me from all my troubles. Psalms 34:5 Come ye to him and be enlightened: and your faces shall not be confounded. Psalms 34:6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him: and saved him out of all his troubles. Psalms 34:7 The angel of the Lord shall encamp round about them that fear him: and shall deliver them.
They are blessed that trust God.
Psalms 34:8 O taste, and see that the Lord is sweet: blessed is the man that hopeth in him. Psalms 34:9 Fear the Lord, all ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. Psalms 34:10 The rich have wanted, and have suffered hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not be deprived of any good.
He exhorteth to the fear of God.
Psalms 34:11 Come, children, hearken to me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Psalms 34:12 Who is the man that desireth life: who liveth to see good days? Psalms 34:13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Psalms 34:14 Turn away from evil and do good: seek after peace and pursue it.
The privileges of the righteous.
Psalms 34:15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the just: and his ears unto their prayers. Psalms 34:16 But the countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil things: to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. Psalms 34:17 The just cried, and the Lord heard them: and delivered them out of all their troubles. Psalms 34:18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart: and he will save the humble of spirit. Psalms 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the just; but out of them all will the Lord deliver them. Psalms 34:20 The Lord keepeth all their bones, not one of them shall be broken. Psalms 34:21 The death of the wicked is very evil: and they that hate the just shall be guilty. Psalms 34:22 The Lord will redeem the souls of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall offend.