God’s Word Goes Forth: Grow in God’s Wisdom
Psalm 34: The psalm opens with a hymn of praise and thanksgiving (verses 1-3) after which the psalmist tells of being saved by God and inviting others to experience the Lord’s goodness. Verses 11-14 reflect the wisdom tradition in biblical literature, providing instruction on how to honor the Lord. The psalm concludes by affirming that good people are in God’s constant care whereas those who do evil will suffer punishment.
Today's Scripture: Psalm 34:9
Honor the LORD, all his people; those who obey him have all they need.
1 I will always thank the LORD; I will never stop praising him. 2 I will praise him for what he has done; may all who are oppressed listen and be glad! 3 Proclaim with me the LORD's greatness; let us praise his name together! 4 I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me; he freed me from all my fears. 5 The oppressed look to him and are glad; they will never be disappointed. 6 The helpless call to him, and he answers; he saves them from all their troubles. 7 His angel guards those who honor the LORD and rescues them from danger. 8 Find out for yourself how good the LORD is. Happy are those who find safety with him. 9 Honor the LORD, all his people; those who obey him have all they need. 10 Even lions go hungry for lack of food, but those who obey the LORD lack nothing good. 11 Come, my young friends, and listen to me, and I will teach you to honor the LORD. 12 Would you like to enjoy life? Do you want long life and happiness? 13 Then keep from speaking evil and from telling lies. 14 Turn away from evil and do good; strive for peace with all your heart. 15 The LORD watches over the righteous and listens to their cries; 16 but he opposes those who do evil, so that when they die, they are soon forgotten. 17 The righteous call to the LORD, and he listens; he rescues them from all their troubles. 18 The LORD is near to those who are discouraged; he saves those who have lost all hope. 19 Good people suffer many troubles, but the LORD saves them from them all; 20 the LORD preserves them completely; not one of their bones is broken. 21 Evil will kill the wicked; those who hate the righteous will be punished. 22 The LORD will save his people; those who go to him for protection will be spared.
Whereas the reading for today uses the word “honor” in verses 7, 9, and 11, some translations use the term “fear.” While to “fear” the LORD can mean fear or dread as that word is understood with regard to a human emotion, the term also means showing awe and honor and having respect and reverence for the LORD as it relates to acquiring knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:5) and keeping the law and commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13). In what ways do you “fear” or “honor” God? How will you show your reverence for God today? Where do you turn to learn more about God? How is your knowledge of God growing?
Awesome God, you are the source of true wisdom and knowledge. Teach me day by day so that I might grow in your wisdom, learn more about you, and always honor you in all I say and do. Amen.
Psalm 37: The psalmist discusses the fate of the wicked who seem to prosper while the righteous suffer.