Psalm 34

Psalm 34

The psalmist is aware of others who are present.  Perhaps he is in the temple area.  He thanks and praises God.

Then he turns to his fellow worshipers and instructs them about the need to fear God and depend on God throughout life.  He tells them, “Look to God that you may be radiant with joy.”

The psalmist has suffered misfortune, but he calls out to God and God delivers him.  It’s the powerful who “grow poor and hungry.”

Those who fear the LORD are the ones who will experience God’s special protection.  Indeed, “The angel of the LORD encamps with them.”

Actually, the psalmist sometimes sees everything with rose-colored glasses.  Those who do what is right always enjoy prosperity.  But then he takes the glasses off and realizes, “Many are the troubles of the just, (the glasses come on again) but the LORD delivers them all.”

From our own experience, we know that much can go wrong in life.  However, we also realize that pain, suffering, and death do not have the last word.  When we experience both the ups and downs of life in union with Jesus, we know that he will always be there to lift us up and eventually raise us up to the glory of  heaven.

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About the Author

Hilarion Kistner, O.F.M., after ordination in 1955, did further studies in Scripture. He taught Scripture to seminarians for 15 years. He has been editor of Sunday Homily Helps for more than 25 years.