Psalm 34:11 Come, children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of Yahveh.
Psalm 34:12 Who is someone who treasures life, loving a long life to enjoy what is good?
Psalm 34:13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from deceitfully speaking against someone.
Psalm 34:14 Turn away from evil and do what is good; seek peace and chase after it.
Comfortable Christianity has always had a problem. We give lip service to the idea of fearing God, but we don’t really know how to do it. That’s where this psalm can help. Notice that the psalmist is offering to teach us how to fear God! It is something that can be learned.
- First lesson: stop saying the wrong thing (13),
- Second lesson: stop doing the wrong thing (14a),
- Third lesson: do the right thing (14b),
- Fourth lesson: seek peace (wholeness and reconciliation) (14c).
For each of these lessons, we will have to consult the Scriptures for the details. But the most important thing is to begin the study. Unless we make up our mind to join this school, we will never learn how to fear God. We have nothing to lose but a shortened and miserable life (12).
Lord, show us how to fear you.