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Psalm 34

Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.

I will extol the Lord at all times;
    his praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory in the Lord;
    let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
    let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
    he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
    their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
    and he delivers them.

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
    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.
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 telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
    seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
    to blot out their name 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.

19 The righteous person 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 will rescue his servants;
    no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

Psalm 34 NIV

Thirty-Four [q week 61]

We’re now well into Year 2 of Pandemic, and the beat goes on.

Early in 2020, the Lord spoke forth Psalm 91 as a bright light to His beloved in the middle of such levels of fear… and confusion… and conflict… and the Church grabbed ahold of 91 for dear life.

[It worked!]

Now there’s a new Scripture going out.

Thirty-four. 34.

That’s the Word for the next season.


Psalm 34 has the pre-amble in the text, telling us this is from a real part of David’s story. (not added by editors or translators… unlike the chapter and section titles that have been added, and colored the way we read Scripture).

The back-story is really, really bad. It is not pretty.

The pre-amble reads:

Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.

This Psalm is written from a very complex story. It’s a crazy tale of mortal danger from a venom-dripping enemy who wanted David dead. It’s a story about having to run for your life, constantly on the move. It’s a story about living with a price on your head. It’s about being trapped, and having to go into enemy territory to survive.

It’s about living in total chaos, in total danger of being brutally murdered every moment of every day. Constant danger.

Oh, yeah, the guy wanting you dead is the ruling monarch of Israel, King Saul.

Check out the whole story, note the details. Check out First Samuel Chapter 21. Also check out Psalm 56 for the context of danger.

Thirty-four has “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” writ large all over it (Psalm 23:4a)


I’m in the middle of a very long season where I am deep-diving the Psalms… year 3 now.

The Psalms are many things… ‘a hymnal and prayer-book’ is a good start… for the novice.

These 150 gems are actually one-hundred-and-fifty episodes of God’s incredibly complex way of working in my life, and in yours.

Over these 3 years, it’s become my book of Pregnant Promises. Each Psalm has hundreds of them.

Every time we read ‘God, You did x-y-z for me back then’ in a Psalm… it’s a Prophetic Promise over you and I…

Yeah, ya gotta look… dig, discern, uncover, scour, drill down… and there they are! Look! There’s another!

Any time there is a line in a Psalm that goes, “I was in a tough spot, and GOD showed up and saved me”, that’s a Pregnant Promise for me to grab ahold of in my tough spots. That’s a promise for you, dear reader, that says ‘He did it before for me, and I’m prophetically declaring HE IS ALREADY MOVING to do it for you!”

“I did it then, and will now do it AGAIN for You, says God…”

Thirty-four… Psalm 34 is a thousand promises ready to burst forth on you… on me… on us… 2021, Pandemic week 61.


OK, Thirty-four.

It’s right there, top of the page in this Blog.

Whadda ya waitin’ for? Go back up there, read a line, then repeat that line over and over all day.

Welcome to Biblical meditation.

Git yerself up there! First line.

I will extol the Lord at all times;
    his praise will always be on my lips.

Say. It. Again. Out loud. Again.

OK, again.

Now, what is that line saying? To you? To you, right now? To the mountain standing in front of you? To your situation? To your heart? To your need? Is there something He’s calling you into?


Coming weeks, some un-packing, some testimonies.

Verse 7… God is speaking a huge word thru the Body on that one… Angelic activity here and now… see the AdoreTheLord blog already up.

What does the Lord speak to YOU from Thirty-Four?

Email in the CONTACT tab of the Blog.



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