Book 1 – Psalm 34 of 41: He is near to the broken-hearted

David has nothing to boast in himself – his boast is in the LORD (Psalm 34:2; 1 Corinthians 1:31), his humility his sure security.  Who is the LORD but our deliverer (v.4), that we but reflect His radiance (Psalm 34:5; Exodus 34:29; Hebrews 1:3); and that we would not be ashamed as we find our hope in the achieved victory of Christ on the cross (Romans 5:5).  David’s cries are heard by the LORD (v.6), and it is Jesus who encamps, who protects, who intercedes for those who fear him – it is the Angel, the Second Person of the Trinity, who delivers them (Psalm 34:7).  

Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him (Psalm 1), and so David’s blessings is derived from the Blessed Man (c.f. Isaiah 42:1, 9; John 17), the Anointed Man, the Elect One.  May we, as God’s children and fellow saints fear Him, for we are without want if we truly fear Him.  Indeed – “those who seek the LORD lack no good thing” (Psalm 34:10), for all things will be given to him as well (Matthew 6:33).  

Thus, it is the fear of the LORD which brings about blessing, which brings about hope, which removes shame, and invites wisdom (Revelation 19:5; Proverbs 1:7).  That he who desires life and loves many days shall keep his tongue from evil and lip from speaking deceit (1 Peter 3:10-12; Proverbs 10:31).  The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and their cry (Psalm 34:15, 17), and He hears and delivers them; whereas, His face is against those who do evil, who speak lies and use their tongue for evil – they are already condemned (John 3:18).  He is near to the broken-hearted, the righteous, the afflicted – that He is but the Word on the tip of our tongue (Deuteronomy 30:14), and he will not even bruise a reed (Isaiah 42:3) as he “saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18; Hebrews 2:17-18).  The Father keeps the bones of the Righteous One (Psalm 34:20; Exodus 12:46) and condemnation on those who hate the righteous for it is they who are hated (Malachi 1:2-3; Romans 9:13), salvation promised for those standing in the Son.

Book 1 – Psalm 34 of 41: He is near to the broken-hearted

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