Preaching the Word of the Lord – Psalm 34:1-22

“I will praise the Lord at all times” (Psalm 34:1) – in the bad times as well as the good times. “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4). “His praise will always be on my lips” (and in my heart) (Psalm 34:1). This Psalm begins with “I” (see also Psalm 34:2 – “I will boast in the Lord”), but it move on, from there, to “Proclaim with me the Lord, let us exalt His Name together” (Psalm 34:3). Note also “I” (Psalm 34:4) and “Taste and see” (Psalm 34:8).

The way to happiness – true and lasting joy (Psalm 34:5,8): True joy goes hand in hand with the fear of the Lord (Psalm 34:11-12).

The Lord sees us in our need, and He has compassion on us. He is near to us – “Emmanuel.” He saves us – “Jesus” (Psalm 34:18; Matthew 1:23,21).

What the Lord does for us is summed up in Psalm 34:22 – He redeems us. This is more than changing our life here-and-now. This is eternal life. This comes to us through the death of Christ (Psalm 34:20; John 19:33,36). He died that we might live.

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