Psalm 34 — Taste and See that the Lord is Good
Psalm 35 — Great is the Lord
Psalm 36 — How Precious is Your Steadfast Love
Psalm 37 — He Will Not Forsake His Saints
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Psalm 34, when he pretended to be insane before Abimelek (1 Samuel 21:10-15), interesting title, even more interesting passage in David’s history. The psalm provides many proverbs and ends with a note that fits our current sermon series, Voices that Condemn, “The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned” (34:22).
Psalm 35 asks God to “contend for me” in the opening verse and again in 35:23, “Awake, and rise to my defense! Contend for me, my God and Lord.” Fight for us Lord, fight against those who gloat over us, whose eyes look down on us, they who “sneer at me and say, “Aha! Aha!” (35:21). Help us to be humble when these trials come our way (not if, but when) and fight for us Lord!
Psalm 36 contains a theme repeated many times, “Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies” (36:5). We sang these words from Psalm 57 just a few weeks ago as part of staff worship (Third Day’s song, Your Love O Lord). Such a great reminder that and such a contrast between the wicked that “flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sing” (36:2). These aren’t just people who don’t know you Lord, these are people who choose themselves over Christ. Thank you Lord for your amazing love!
Psalm 37 assures us that those who do evil will “soon die away” (37:2). I love the reminder, “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret — it leads only to evil” (37:8). This psalm begs us to be humble with the assurance that God will prevail.
The words in these psalms remind me of the old hymn, “Blessed Assurance” with words that I love to sing: “This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior all the day long.” We need the assurance that God will rescue, that he does not turn his eye away from those who mock us. These are great words of encouragement, worthy or repeating often! Amen.