#168 Psalm 34:1-7 Those Who Look to Him Are Radiant

Joy:
Episode #168 Psalm 34:1-7

Welcome

Amy:
Welcome to The Christgazing Podcast. We are so glad you are here! I’m Amy Burgin.

Joy:
I’m Joy Burgin.

Amy:
Christgazing, kind of like stargazing, is the act of looking steadily and intently at Jesus. If you are anything like us, you desire to fix your eyes on Jesus amid the distractions and troubles of this world. This podcast makes room for us to do that. Amid a world of many words, we slow down here and make space for the God-breathed Words, the best words, the ones that rightly comfort, correct, and lead us. Each week, we read a portion of scripture several times and create stillness after each reading so we might also be still and know God more.

Pour Out Your Heart to God

Amy:
Before we read, take time to share your heart with God. Maybe you have a list of questions for which you need answers—or a heart filled with grief, joy, desire, gratitude, anger, peace, or a mix of some of these things and more—whatever is on your mind, name it, and bring it to God in the next minute.

[Pause and pour out your heart to God]

What Does This Passage Say About God?

Joy:
As I read today’s passage, consider the question: What does this say about God?

Psalm 34:1-7
1 I will extol the LORD at all times;
    his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the LORD;
    let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the LORD with me;
    let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
    he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
    their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
    and he delivers them

Again?

Psalm 34:1-7

1 I will extol the LORD at all times;
    his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the LORD;
    let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the LORD with me;
    let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
    he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
    their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
    and he delivers them

Take the next few minutes to consider what this says about God.

[Pause and know]

What Does This Passage Say About People?

Joy:
As I read the passage again, consider the question, what does this say about people?

Psalm 34:1-7

1 I will extol the LORD at all times;
    his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the LORD;
    let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the LORD with me;
    let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
    he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
    their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
    and he delivers them

Take a minute to consider what this says about people.

[Pause and know]

Lord, What Would You Have Me Know Or Do Today?

Joy:
As I read for the last time, ask God, “Lord, what would you have me know or do today in response to this passage?” 

Psalm 34:1-7

1 I will extol the LORD at all times;
    his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the LORD;
    let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the LORD with me;
    let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
    he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
    their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
    and he delivers them

Take a minute to ask God, “Lord, what would you have me know or do today?”

[Pause and listen]

Blessing

Joy:
Christgazer, the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. And may you keep your face turned toward Jesus today and know him more.

One Response

Amy:
The title of the Psalm is “A Psalm of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he left.”

That story is found in 1 Samuel 21:10-15.  At the time, Saul was the King of Israel and was hunting David.  David fled and ran to Achish, King of Gath (who is also known as Abimelech). Perhaps David wanted to be an anonymous mercenary for King Achish; however, his identity was uncovered as we see in 1 Samuel 2:11-15, which says,

And the servants of Achish said to him, ‘Is not this David the king of the land? Did they not sing to one another of him in dances,

‘Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands’?”

And David took these words to heart and was much afraid of Achish the king of Gath. So he changed his behavior before them and pretended to be insane in their hands and made marks on the doors of the gate and let his spittle run down his beard. Then Achish said to his servants, “Behold, you see the man is mad. Why then have you brought him to me? Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to behave as a madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?”

And so David departed from there and escaped.

It’s a crazy story, and I love that we get a glimpse into David’s mind as David reflects on this memory. The bible tells us David was much afraid of Achish the King of Gath so he pretended to be insane.

I imagine David smiles when he looks back at himself in all his fear, marking the doors of the gate and letting spittle run down his beard. He remembers the moment and gives glory to God, saying

1 I will extol the LORD at all times;
    his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the LORD;
    let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the LORD with me;
    let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
    he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
    their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
    and he delivers them.

Glory to God. This is the word of the Lord.

Closing

Amy:
You can find a transcript of this episode and all our episodes at amyburgin.com. Joy and I will be back next week to go Christgazing together. Until then, don’t forget, when you put your trust in Christyou are one in whom he dwells and delightsa dearly loved child of God. You are royalty in his strong and unshakeable kingdom. Though trouble abounds, Christ prevails, and so do you.

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