‘I will bless the Lord’………’I will boast in the Lord’……’Magnify the Lord’…….’Exalt His name’…..
David here explodes with praise towards God and lest we think it is just for his narrow escape, he qualifies it by his words ‘at all times’ and ‘continually’ and I would add – in every situation, in every circumstance – no matter what the Doctor has said, or the Bank Manager, the Retrenchment Officer, or the News Reporter……’His praise shall continually be in my mouth’
David exhorts us to cry out from our place of helplessness, hopelessness and fear and our God will answer us and He will deliver us from all our fears !!
David encourages us to ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’ – He wants us to to know God as intimately as he does – He wants us to step out, open up and go running into God – for in Him we will find our ultimate satisfaction.
There are many references to fear in this Psalm – our natural fears and then the ‘fear of God’
Sinclair Ferguson describes this fear as ‘that indefinable mixture of reverence, fear, pleasure, joy and awe which fills our hearts when we realize who God is and what He has done for us’
This is the fear that we are to embrace – this is the only fear to have – to simply fear Him alone!!
This is the fear to be taught to our children, this is the fear that will keep our tongue from evil and our lips from lying. This is the fear that will cause us to run from evil and to only do what is good – to seek after and pursue peace.
The rest of the Psalm is such a wonderful picture of God’s love for us – that though we may go through pain, suffering and really hard times(this is a given) – our God promises that He sees, He hears, He is near, He saves, He delivers and that ultimately He redeems.
And then our final triumphant ‘Hallelujah’ verse….
‘…..none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned’!!
For background to this Psalm read 1 Samuel 21:10-15
– Jeanne Edwards – fellow pilgrim