From Psalm 34:1 – 4
Intro: (A Psalm of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed.) What behavior did David manifest before Abimelech? According to 1 Samuel 21, during the time that David fled from the murderous king Saul, he went to Nob to Abimelech the priest. (Abimelech is the word used for a ruler of a province or someone in authority. In this case, Abimelech was most likely the high priest.) David was hungry and Abimelech gave him bread that was the showbread for the Tabernacle of God. It was considered holy. While there he was seen by Doeg the Edomite and a servant of king Saul, who hurried to king Saul and told him where David was. When David discerned that Doeg the Edomite would go tell king Saul where he was, he fled to Achish the king of Gath. The servants of Achish said to him, “Is this not that David, the king of the land? Did they not sing about him to one another in dances, saying, “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousand?” (1 Samuel 21:11)
When David heard this, he feigned insanity by scratching on the gates and letting his saliva drool down his beard. He was thus not welcomed by Achish the king of Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam where he was met by his father and brothers and where a group of 400 malcontents joined with him. You can read all about this episode in First Samuel 21 and 22.
The words of David in this Psalm are a hymn of praise to God for His deliverance.
Verse 1: I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Although he was in a great deal of trouble and experiencing momentous peril he blessed and praised the LORD through it all.
Verse 2: “My soul shall make her boast in the LORD; the humble shall hear of it and be glad.”
Through his praise, those who were also in peril and in distress heard it and were given hope.
Verse 3: “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together.”
When he sees that those with him have accepted the hope offered to them by one person praising the LORD, they are encouraged to join him and praise the LORD of glory together.
Verse 4: “I sought the LORD, and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears.”
Praising the LORD gave him assurance that all would be well and peace descended into his inner man.
Thus, we see this progression:
Praising God by oneself is preparation for passing it on.
Praising God to others is a testimony to them.
Praising God with others is the fruit of his testimony of praise.
Praising God results in the deliverance from all fear.
Are you afraid? PRAISE THE LORD!
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