Ps 34 v. 1 - 10 I. PRAISE FROM THE SAINTS: v.1-3 The Who of Praise - 34:1 "I" The Will of Praise - 34:1 "will" The Way of Praise - 34:1 "bless the Lord" The When of Praise - 34:1 The Times of Praise - 34:1 "at all times" The Timelessness of Praise - 34:1 "his praise shall continually" The Tool of Praise - 34:1 "be in my mouth" The What of Praise - 34:2 : Boast Eagerly In The Lord - 34:2 My soul shall make her boast Bear Evidence of The Lord - 34:2 in the LORD Bless Expectingly through The Lord - 34:2 the humble shall hear thereof, The Humble Shall all Receive of It The Humble Shall all Rejoice In It - 34:2 and be glad. The Where of Praise - 34:3 We Are To Enlarge The Lord Together - 3 O magnify the LORD with me We Are To Exalt The Lord Together - 3 and let us exalt his name together.
II. PURSUIT BY THE SAINTS: v.4-6 1. THE APPEAL FOR HELP v.4 "I sought the LORD" David was a man A. Who Sought God Early Psa.71:5 For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: [thou art] my trust from my youth. B. Who Sought God Earnestly Psa.63:1 O God, thou [art] my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; C. Who Sought God Eagerly Psa.27:8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee Thy face LORD, will I seek. D. Who Sought God Expectantly Psa.9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee 2. THE ASSURANCE OF A HEARING v.4 and he heard me A. Personal Experiences v.4 and delivered me from all my fears. B. Past Examples v.5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. Rom.15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. * David had the assurance in his heart that his LORD never changes. 3. THE ASSISTANCE FROM HEAVEN v.6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. A. Humble Pleadings This poor man cried B. Heaven's Power and the LORD heard him [a] The LORD Heard the LORD heard [b] The LORD Helped and saved him (c) The LORD Healed out of all his troubles.
III. PROTECTION WITH THE SAINTS: v.7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. 1. THE CONFLICTS ALONG THE WAY A. Conflicts Within v.4 "fears" B. Conflicts Without v.6 "troubles" 2. THE COMPANION FOR THE WAY "Angel of the LORD" * He is the ever present Defender and Deliverer of God's children. [Delivering Israel From Pharaoh] Ex.14:19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: [Delivering Elijah From Jezebel] I Ki.19:7 And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. 8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God. (Delivering Jerusalem From Sennacharib] Isa.37:36 Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they [were] all dead corpses. ALL THIS WOULD TELL US ........ A. He Is Conscious Of The Circumstances Of Our Life B. He Is Capable To Deal With The Circumstances Of Our Life C. He Is A Comforter In The Circumstances Of Our Life 3. THE CAUTION IN THE WAY "them that FEAR Him"