Psalm 34
Written by David, when he pretended to be insane before Abimelech, causing the king to send him away.
34:1 I will praise the LORD at all times;
my mouth will continually praise him.
34:2 I will boast in the LORD;
let the oppressed hear and rejoice!
34:3 Magnify the LORD with me!
Let’s praise his name together!
34:4 I sought the LORD’s help and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
34:5 Those who look to him for help are happy;
their faces are not ashamed.
34:6 This oppressed man cried out and the LORD heard;
he saved him from all his troubles.
34:7 The LORD’s angel camps around
the LORD’s loyal followers and delivers them.
34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good!
How blessed is the one who takes shelter in him!
34:9 Remain loyal to the LORD, you chosen people of his,
for his loyal followers lack nothing!
34:10 Even young lions sometimes lack food and are hungry,
but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
34:11 Come children! Listen to me!
I will teach you what it means to fear the LORD.
34:12 Do you want to really live?
Would you love to live a long, happy life?
34:13 Then make sure you don’t speak evil words
or use deceptive speech!
34:14 Turn away from evil and do what is right!
Strive for peace and promote it!
34:15 The LORD pays attention to the godly
and hears their cry for help.
34:16 But the LORD opposes evildoers
and wipes out all memory of them from the earth.
34:17 The godly cry out and the LORD hears;
he saves them from all their troubles.
34:18 The LORD is near the brokenhearted;
he delivers those who are discouraged.
34:19 The godly face many dangers,
but the LORD saves them from each one of them.
34:20 He protects all his bones;
not one of them is broken.
34:21 Evil people self-destruct;
those who hate the godly are punished.
34:22 The LORD rescues his servants;
all who take shelter in him escape punishment.