David had returned triumphantly from battle with the Philistines, only to be run out of Jerusalem by a maniacal Saul who wanted to kill him. Leaving behind his wife and Jonathan his best friend, David fled to the King of Gath hoping to find a safe place to stay. Not wanted there and fearing for his life David feigned insanity so that he could escape to the cave of Adullam.
Fearful for his life, utterly alone and hiding in a cave David returned to the words he learned as a child – “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, The Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength”(Deut 6:4-5).
Reflecting on these words David realized that only God could deliver him from all his fears, enemies and troubles. He realized that God was more capable of protecting him, than the devil was of stirring up his enemies.
Although he was still alone, hiding in a cave, David’s heart overflowed with praise and he wrote the words to Psalm 34. Filled with unbridled enthusiastic joy, relief and amazement David invites you and I to join him in glorifying the Lord and exalting God’s name.
In whom will you place your trust? Where will you turn to find a safe refuge? Will you place your trust in other people or in your own abilities? Or will you place your trust in God?
When there are more items on your to do list then there are hours in your day, taste and see that the Lord is good (Ps 34:8).
Amidst the demands and pressures of your job, come, love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. His burden is easy and his yoke is light.
In each of the different experiences in your life place your trust in the Lord who is our God. As a righteous person, you have nothing to fear when you are trusting God. In God’s eyes you are loved! God is sufficient!
God will cleanse you from all your fears when you earnestly seek him and reflect on his love and majesty. Since God has delivered you from all your fears, there is absolutely nothing that you need to be afraid of. You don’t have to fear being condemned or rejected when you take refuge in Christ, for Jesus was condemned on your behalf on the cross.
The Lord hears you when you cry out to him from the secret recesses of your heart. You can cry out to God at the lowest points of your life and when you are on a mountain top. God, your Heavenly Father, will never desert you, forsake you or give you up to ruin.
When you seek the Lord, your circumstances may not change, but your life will radiate with joy because your hope and future are secure in God’s love.
Seeking the Lord is a conscious moral choice to keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Seeking the Lord involves turning from evil and doing good; seeking peace and pursuing it (Ps 34:13-14). Seeking the Lord also involves passionately and energetically engaging with God – looking to God, crying out to God, finding refuge in God praising God and exalting God’s name.
When you seek the Lord you won’t lack any good thing because God himself is the best there is. God’s gifts and riches won’t fail, rust or break. When you keep your eyes and heart focused on the Lord, you will never lack love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness or self-control.
A life lived taking refuge in the Lord alone will cause praise and exaltation of God’s name to overflow from your heart. A life lived in the presence of the Lord will naturally attract others to rejoice and glorify God together with you.
Blessed is the one who takes refuge in God.
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