This week as I was reading through the Psalms I was so blessed with Psalm 34. This is when David was at one of his lowest points. His friend, Jonathon, was no longer with him, King Saul was chasing him and he was hiding in caves. Right now there are so many challenges in our lives and so much we need to hear the Lord clearly on. What an uplifting blessing these verses can be for us to focus on and bring us peace in a time of chaos.
The Lord is doing amazing and wonderful things right now. There is so much going on that we cannot see and we can be so excited about it all and always singing His praises and worshipping Him. Let’s life our voices together to praise His name forever!!
Psalm 34 from the Passion Bible A song by King David composed after his escape from the king when he pretended to be insane
“Lord! I’m bursting with joy over what you’ve done for me! My lips are full of perpetual praise. I’m boasting of you and all your works, so let all who are discouraged take heart. Join me, everyone! Let’s praise the Lord together. Let’s make him famous!
Let’s make his name glorious to all. Listen to my testimony: I cried to God in my distress and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears!
Gaze upon him, join your life with his, and joy will come. Your faces will glisten with glory. You’ll never wear that shame-face again. When I had nothing, desperate and defeated, I cried out to the Lord and he heard me, bringing his miracle-deliverance when I needed it most.
The angel of the Lord stooped down to listen as I prayed, encircling me, empowering me, and showing me how to escape. He will do this for everyone who fears God.
Drink deeply of the pleasures of this God. Experience for yourself the joyous mercies he gives to all who turn to hide themselves in him. Worship in awe and wonder, all you who’ve been made holy! For all who fear him will feast with plenty.
Even the strong and the wealthy grow weak and hungry, but those who passionately pursue the Lord will never lack any good thing. Come, children of God, and listen to me. I’ll share the lesson I’ve learned of fearing the Lord.
Do you want to live a long, good life, enjoying the beauty that fills each day? Then never speak a lie or allow wicked words to come from your mouth. Keep turning your back on every sin, and make “peace” your life motto. Practice being at peace with everyone.
The Lord sees all we do; he watches over his friends day and night. His godly ones receive the answers they seek whenever they cry out to him. But the Lord has made up his mind to oppose evildoers and to wipe out even the memory of them from the face of the earth.
Yet when holy lovers of God cry out to him with all their hearts, the Lord will hear them and come to rescue them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to all whose hearts are crushed by pain, and he is always ready to restore the repentant one.
Even when bad things happen to the good and godly ones, the Lord will save them and not let them be defeated by what they face. God will be your bodyguard to protect you
when trouble is near. Not one bone will be broken.
But the wicked commit slow suicide. For they hate and persecute the lovers of God.
Make no mistake about it, God will hold them guilty and punish them; they will pay the penalty!
But the Lord has paid for the freedom of his servants, and he will freely pardon those who love him. He will declare them free and innocent when they turn to hide themselves in him.”
In the Passion Bible there are footnotes from verse 14 about the word Shalom. I thought it was very good.
Psalm 34:14 Twice the Hebrew uses the word shalom. This word means much more than peace. It means wholeness, wellness, well-being, safe, happy, friendly, favor, completeness, to make peace, peace offering, secure, to prosper, to be victorious, to be content, tranquil, quiet, and restful. The pictographic symbols for the word shalom (shin, lamed, vav, mem) read “Destroy the authority that binds to chaos.” The noun shalom is derived from the verbal root shalam, which means “to restore,” in the sense of replacing or providing what is needed in order to make someone or something whole and complete. So shalom is used to describe those of us who have been provided all that is needed to be whole and complete and break off all authority that would attempt to bind us to chaos.
I knew about the basic meaning but the meaning from the pictographic symbols I didn’t know but is so important. “Destroy the authority that binds to chaos.”. So powerful especially in this season we are in!
I like this verse from Isaiah 44:23. Creation is praising Him always! Our praises and joyous songs of praise will change the world around us! May our every breathe glorify the Lord. May every cell of our bodies and every thought that we have praise Him!!
“Sing! Starry sky above, break loose with singing for Yahweh has finished it!
Shout! Earth deep below, give up your shout!
Mountains high, break out with joyous songs of praise!
Let the forest choirs join in, with every tree singing its notes!”
Another this Lord showed me this week when I was praying was the importance of being still and knowing Him. “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10
Being still is sometimes a challenge for me. I don’t mean to run ahead of Him or let my mind wander and fret. It happens but when it does, I need to take notice of my thoughts and bring them back into line with Hs Word. As I prayed this week, He showed me that I was carrying too much to even hold His hand! He said that the problems, issues and responsibilities I am holding on to I have taken out of His hands and was trying to figure them out. He then told me to get a pretty white glove and to see it has His hand. When I am holding that glove in my hand, I cannot carry as much and it represents that He is holding my hand. That was powerful for me! Sometimes I need a reminder and this little white glove is that. Be still in the mist of a chaotic world. Wow! That is something most people want and to know it is possible in Him brings hope. Get yourself a glove that can present His hand. Hold it. See it as Him. Know the power of love and rest that come with that. The stillness in your heart. It is possible! Remember, Jesus slept through the storm😊. We can rest in Him through every storm.