Psalms 34
(Written by David when he pretended to be mad in front of Abimelech, so that Abimelech would send him away, and David could leave.)#1 S 21.13-15.
Honour the LORD
1I will always praise the LORD.
2With all my heart,
I will praise the LORD.
Let all who are helpless,
listen and be glad.
3Honour the LORD with me!
Celebrate his great name.
4I asked the LORD for help,
and he saved me
from all my fears.
5Keep your eyes on the LORD!
You will shine like the sun
and never blush with shame.
6I was a nobody, but I prayed,
and the LORD saved me
from all my troubles.
7If you honour the LORD,
his angel will protect you.
8Discover for yourself#1 P 2.3.
that the LORD is kind.
Come to him for protection,
and you will be glad.
9Honour the LORD!
You are his special people.
No one who honours the LORD
will ever be in need.
10Young lions#34.10 Young lions: In the Psalms wild animals often stand for God's enemies. may go hungry
or even starve,
but if you trust the LORD,
you will never miss out
on anything good.
11Come, my children, listen
as I teach you
to respect the LORD.
12Do you want to live#1 P 3.10-12.
and enjoy a long life?
13Then don't say cruel things
and don't tell lies.
14Do good instead of evil
and try to live at peace.
15If you obey the LORD,
he will watch over you
and answer your prayers.
16But God despises evil people,
and he will wipe them all
from the earth,
till they are forgotten.
17When his people pray for help,
he listens and rescues them
from their troubles.
18The LORD is there to rescue
all who are discouraged
and have given up hope.
19The LORD's people
may suffer a lot,
but he will always
bring them safely through.
20Not one of their bones#Jn 19.36.
will ever be broken.
21Wicked people are killed
by their own evil deeds,
and if you hate God's people
you will be punished.
22The LORD saves the lives
of his servants.
Run to him for protection,
and you won't be punished.