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Psalm 34:1-3

Psalm 34:11 I will bless Yahveh at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.

Psalm 34:2 My throat will boast in Yahveh; the humble will hear and be happy.

Psalm 34:3 Proclaim Yahveh’s greatness with me; let us exalt his name together.


common denominator

This psalm celebrates a point in David’s life when he was in danger, and the Lord showed him a way out. Instead of demonstrating fierceness in battle, this time David had to pretend to be insane. When the song was written to reflect on this event, the psalmist wrote about boasting in the Lord. He said that the humble – the lowly – would hear about this incident and be happy.

Not everyone can identify with David as a skilled musician or mighty warrior. But this story (told in 1 Samuel 21:10-15) provides a common denominator which the lowest peasant in his kingdom could identify with.

Lord, thank you that you are the God for all of us, not just the wise or talented or strong.

1superscription: Concerning David, when he pretended to be insane in the presence of Abimelech, who drove him out, and he departed.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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