Old Testament

Psalm 34
Psalm 34
Blessed Is the Person Who Takes Refuge in God
By David. When he pretended to be insane in the presence of Abimelek, who drove him away, and David left.[]
David's Thanks for Delivery
1I will bless the Lord at all times.
His praise will always be in my mouth.
2In the Lord my soul will boast.
The humble will hear and rejoice.
An Invitation to Join David in Praise
3Proclaim the greatness of the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together.
The Story of David's Delivery
4I sought the Lord, and he answered me.
From all my terrors he delivered me.
5His people look to him and are radiant,
and their faces will never blush.
6This poor man called, and the Lord heard.
From all his distress the Lord saved him.
7The angel of the Lord[] camps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.
The Application of This Truth to All Believers
8Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Blessed is everyone who takes refuge in him.
9Fear the Lord, you his saints,
since those who fear him lack nothing.
10Young lions may lack food and be hungry,
but those who seek the Lord do not lack any good thing.
11Come, children, listen to me.
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12Who wants to find pleasure in life?
Who would love to experience many good days?
13Guard your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.
14Turn from evil and do good.
Seek peace and pursue it.
15The eyes of the Lord watch over the righteous.
His ears listen to their cry.
16The face of the Lord is set against those who do evil,
to cut off memory of them from the earth.
17The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears.
From all their distress he delivers them.
18The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
He saves those whose spirits have been crushed.
19Many are the troubles of the righteous,
but the Lord delivers him from them all.
20He watches over all his bones.
Not one of them will be broken.
21Evil will slay the wicked.
Those who hate the righteous will be found guilty.
22The Lord redeems the soul[] of his servants.
Anyone who takes refuge in him will not be found guilty.


  • 34:0 See 1 Samuel 21.
  • 34:7 Or the Angel of the LORD, who is Christ, who led Israel through the wilderness, but it may allude to angels who camp with God's people, like the angels who came to Jacob's camp at Mahanaim (Genesis 32:1-2).
  • 34:22 Or life