David ran for his life fearing Saul and ran to the king of Gath better known as Achish, King Abimelech. The servants of the king immediately recognized David. To escape from there, David pretended to be insane. After escaping from the clutches of King Abimelech, David penned down Psalms 34 giving praise and expressing his gratefulness. Among the numerous Psalms, many have been composed by David. His Psalms are filled with gratitude and praise. He pleaded for protection from his enemies. He is also seen begging for forgiveness after sinning. In this way, each Psalms composed by David has a background behind it. Knowing the background to each Psalms helps in understanding the depth and meaning of the words.
In Psalms 34 we see there are two important lines.
1.Psalms 34:4, 4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
The verse says that the Lord answers all prayers. David always placed his trust in the Lord. The young boy David killed the giant Goliath not by the strength of his weapons, but his faith and trust in the Lord. We can see in the Psalms composed by David that he laid a lot of importance to prayer. Does our Lord only answer prayer of David?? Does He not answers our prayers and petitions??? The Lord keeps an eye on those who call upon Him in prayer. This can be seen in Acts 9:11-12, where Ananias receives a call by God where he is shown Saul praying, and is asked to restore his sight. 11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” The Lord asked Ananias in Damascus to go to Saul who was in Tarsus, praying. When Ananias left Damascus, Saul receives a vision about Ananias. Today, in the midst of all luxuries we have forgotten to take time out to communicate with the Lord and sit for prayer. The number of people who misunderstand those who are immersed in heartfelt prayers is also not less. The silent prayers of Hannah were misunderstood by the priest, Eli. The Bible tells us her prayers were heard by the Lord and she was blessed with a boy whom she named, Samuel.
Many people do not shirk away from commenting or mocking those who forget themselves in prayer. The Bible teaches us through various examples that loud wailing prayer, silent prayer, prayer from the bottom of the sea, prayer from the den of lion, prayer in a desert or even a sigh with the Lord’s name does not go unheard by Him. The Bible teaches us that Lord Jesus Christ never turned away anyone who came to Him with petitions.
Psalms 34:8, 8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
2. Psalms 34:7, 7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.
David is well known to have experienced the care and refuge of the Lord. The Bile teaches us that David always praised the Lord and gave thanks to Him as he remembered his journey from a shepherd boy to a mighty king. The Lord protected him several times from the clutches of Saul who was trying to kill him. We have seen that having escaped Saul he ran to King Abimelech. After escaping from King Abimelech he composed Psalms 34. Here too we see that the Lord helped him escape by giving the brilliant idea to pretend being insane. David during his rule and even on his deathbed believed that the Lord sends His angel around those who fear Him, and protects them. When the child given birth by Bathsheba died, David was not depressed. Instead he went inside the temple and gave offering to the Lord.
In Psalms 34:18, 18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
This is the truth and hope each one of us should have in life.
Many a times each one of us have had near death experience and also faced several tribulations. It is a time to think how we have reacted then and how we react at present. David composed Psalms in times of trials and tribulations. This is not possible by ordinary men. Yet one phrase is possible by each one of us, Praise the Lord, You have protected me. The truth is in the rush of lives we often forget to do so. We most react by, My luck, I escaped. Did you ever stop and ponder to think where that luck came from???? Let us take a recap. To reach where we are today was it possible only through our efforts alone??? Haven’t we received blessings than those who have worked harder than us at times???Let us all give praise and express gratitude for all the blessings we have received like David. Let us all together praise Him, remembering that to dust we all will return.
Psalms 91:11-12, 11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
May these words lead you ahead in hope and help you remember His promise always.