#170 Psalm 34:15-22 The Eyes of the Lord Are on the Righteous

Joy:
Episode #170 Psalm 34:15-22

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 34:15-22

15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
   and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
   to blot out their name from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
    but the LORD delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
    not one of them will be broken.

21 Evil will slay the wicked;
    the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The LORD will rescue his servants;
    no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

Again?

Psalm 34:15-22

15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
   and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
   to blot out their name from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
    but the LORD delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
    not one of them will be broken.

21 Evil will slay the wicked;
    the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The LORD will rescue his servants;
    no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

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 34:15-22

15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
   and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
   to blot out their name from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
    but the LORD delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
    not one of them will be broken.

21 Evil will slay the wicked;
    the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The LORD will rescue his servants;
    no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

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 34:15-22

15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
   and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
   to blot out their name from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
    but the LORD delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
    not one of them will be broken.

21 Evil will slay the wicked;
    the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The LORD will rescue his servants;
    no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

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:
I’ll close by reading the entire Psalm to you. The Psalm is an acrostic poem whose verses begin with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

Psalm 34
Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.

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.

8 Taste and see that the LORD is good;
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the LORD, you his holy people,
    for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
    but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me;
    I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12 Whoever of you loves life
    and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
    and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
    seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
    and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
    to blot out their name from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
    but the LORD delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
   not one of them will be broken.

21 Evil will slay the wicked;
    the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The LORD will rescue his servants;
    no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

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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