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Title: Why would anyone write the following verse


1
Why would anyone write the following verse?
  • 18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and
    saves those who are crushed in
    spirit.

2
Psalm 34
Psalm 34
  • Of David. When he pretended to be insane before
    Abimelech, who drove him away, and he
    left.

3
Timeline
  • Jonathan tells David Saul wants to
    kill him--I Samuel 20.
  • David goes to Ahimelech, the priest, for food and
    a sword--I Samuel 211-9.
  • David flees from Saul to Achish, king of Gath, a
    Philistine ruler--v. 10.
  • The king is told who David is--v. 11.
  • So to keep from being killed, David pretends to
    be insane --vv. 12-15.

4
David and his Academy Award winning
performance--vv. 10-13
I Samuel
  • 12 David took these words to heart and was
    very much afraid of Achish (Abimelech) king of
    Gath. 13 So he pretended to be insane in their
    presence and while he was in their hands he
    acted like a madman, making marks on
    the doors of the gate and letting saliva
    run down his beard.

5
David escapes to a lonely cave -- I Samuel
2114-221
I Samuel
  • 14 Achish said to his servants, "Look at the
    man! He is insane! Why bring him to me? 15 Am
    I so short of madmen that you have to bring this
    fellow here to carry on like this in front of me?
    Must this man come into my house? 221 David
    left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam.

6
What does Davids experience say to us?
  • Most likely, while David was alone in the cave
    of Adullam, he wrote Psalm 34--an
    acrostic of the Hebrew alphabet.
  • Therefore, this experience gives us instruction
    and hope for our troubles--the caves of
    our lives!!

7
Psalm 34
  • For David, holy bread Goliaths
    sword were not enough, he was still
    fearful.
  • For us, our wisdom is not enough, we need
    help for the caves of our fear for our
    broken hearts, loneliness, separation,
    stress, poverty, weakness, etc.
  • Where should we begin?

8
Oh magnify the Lord with me Psalm 341-4 (King
James)
Psalm 34
  • I will bless the Lord at all times.
  • His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
  • My soul shall make her boast in Thee oh Lord, the
    humble shall hear thereof and be glad.
  • Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His
    name together.
  • I sought the Lord and He heard me, and delivered
    me from all my fears.

9
1. Praise and prayer --vv. 1-4 (We must do
these together)
Psalm 34
  • 1 I will extol the LORD at all times
    his praise will always be on my lips. 2
    My soul will boast in the LORD let the afflicted
    hear and rejoice. 3 Glorify the LORD with me
    let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the
    LORD, and he answered me he delivered me from
    all my fears.

10
1. Praise and prayer --vv. 4-7 (continued)
Psalm 34
  • 4 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.

11
1. Praise and prayer --vv. 1-4 (continued)
Psalm 34
  • Benefits
  • Answers to our prayers--v. 4a
  • Deliverance from all our fears for those of
    us who fear Him--vv. 4b,7
  • Radiance, no shame--v. 5
  • God hears us and saves us out of
    trouble--v. 6

12
2. Patient perspectives
--vv. 8-10
As we wait for the answer to our prayers, we need
Psalm 34
  • 8 Taste and see that the LORD is good blessed
    is the man who takes refuge in him. 9 Fear the
    LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack
    nothing. 10 The lions may grow weak and
    hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good
    thing.

13
Perspectives that need patience
  • If we taste of the experiences, even the troubles
    God will take us through, ULTIMATELY WE WILL FIND
    IT WILL BE GOOD--v. 8a Rom. 828
  • If we take refuge in God, WE WILL BE
    BLESSED/receive a blessing--v. 8b
  • If we fear and seek the Lord, WE ARE PROMISED WE
    WILL LACK NO GOOD THING--vv. 9-10

14
Principle of Life Context
Needed Patient Perspective
  • We cant accurately interpret the present until
    the future is the past--see James 57-11.
  • It is not just what is happening
  • It is not just what has happened
  • We need the context of the future --what will
    happen, before we can interpret the present
    circumstances of our lives.

15
3. Pass on the principles --vv.
11-14 (What are we learning?)
As we begin to receive the answer, we are
responsible to
Psalm 34
  • 11 Come, my children, listen to me I will
    teach you the fear of the LORD. 12 Whoever of
    you loves life and desires to see many good days,
    13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips
    from speaking lies. 14 Turn from evil
    and do good seek peace and pursue it.

16
How do we fear the Lord? How can we live a long
life? (see verses 11-12)
Here is what we might want to proclaim
Psalm 34
  • Begin by thinking and speaking the truth--no
    lies live in the truth--v. 11
  • Turn from evil--v. 14a
  • Do good--v. 14b
  • Pursue peace--v. 14b
  • Review
    3. Pass on the
    Principles--vv. 11-14

Must be done together (Eph. 422-24)
17
4. Practice His presence --vv. 7,15-18
Psalm 34
  • 7 The angel of the LORD encamps
    around those who fear him...15 The eyes
    of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears
    are attentive to their cry 16 the face of the
    LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the
    memory of them from the earth. 17 The
    righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them he
    delivers them from all their troubles. 18 The
    LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves
    those who are crushed in spirit.

18
5. Proclaim His promises --vv. 19-22
Psalm 34
  • 19 A righteous man may have many troubles, but
    the LORD delivers him from them all 20 he
    protects all his bones, not one of them will be
    broken. 21 Evil will slay the wicked the foes
    of the righteous will be condemned. 22 The
    LORD redeems his
    servants no one will be
    condemned who takes
    refuge in him.

19
Summary of Psalm 34
  • 1. Praise and Prayer--vv. 4-7
  • 2. Patient Perspectives--vv. 8-10
  • 3. Pass on the Principles--vv. 11-14
  • 4. Practice His Presence--vv. 7,15-18
  • 5. Proclaim His Promises--vv. 19-22

20
CONCLUSION
  • We all need Safe Places--I Samuel 221a
  • We all need Still Times--Psalm 34
  • We all need Special Friends--I Samuel 22 1b
    David left Gath and escaped to the cave of
    Adullam. When his brothers and his father's
    household heard about it, they went down to him
    there. 2 All those who were in distress or in
    debt or discontented gathered around him, and he
    became their leader. About four hundred men were
    with him.

21
What do these safe places, still
times and special friends do for
us?
  • They prepare us for what is ahead,
    e.g., David to be king our ministry.
  • They can save us from our fears, weaknesses,
    propensities to sin--Ps. 34.
  • They knock off the rough edges, so our lives will
    be like smooth stones.
  • Psalm 34 shows us how we become smooth stones,
    ready for whatever is ahead in our lives--I
    Samuel 1740.
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