Psalm 34:19 One who is righteous has many adversities, but Yahveh rescues him from them all.
Psalm 34:20 He protects all his bones; not one of them is broken.
Psalm 34:21 Evil brings death to the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be punished.
Psalm 34:22 Yahveh redeems the soul of his servants, and all who take refuge in him will not be punished.
fear class objectives
When I taught at college, every syllabus I produced for my students included a course objectives list. It was a list of the outcomes that could be expected by my students after studying the subject.
This psalm has invited its readers to learn about fearing God. Notice some of the outcomes we can expect if we learn how to fear God:
• We will not be prevented from having adversities. We will have many, but God promises to rescue us from them all (19).
• We will survive intact at the end of our lessons. I believe this promise refers to our resurrected eternity (20).
• We will not be punished like the wicked. I believe this promise refers to the punishment of hell (22).
• We will not experience the ultimate punishment of the second death either (21).
Lord, thank you for your promises of ultimate, permanent deliverance.