Psalm 34

Praise, Deliverance, and Righteousness: Christ's Message



Psalm 34 is a heartfelt expression of praise to God, an acknowledgment of His deliverance, and an affirmation of His righteousness. Reading this Psalm through the lens of the New Covenant and Jesus Christ's teachings provides a richer understanding of these themes.

Section 1: Constant Praise (1-3)

"1 I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. 2 My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. 3 Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together."

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: Hebrews 13:15, "Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that openly profess his name."


Section 2: God as Deliverer (4-7)

"4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears...7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them."

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: 2 Timothy 4:18, "The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen."


Section 3: Righteousness and Its Rewards (15-22)

"15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry...22 The LORD redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him."

Talking Points:

Cross Reference: Romans 8:1, "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."



Psalm 34, interpreted through the lens of the New Covenant in Christ, showcases the praise, deliverance, and provision that God grants to His people, all of which are ultimately fulfilled in Jesus.

The psalmist's exhortation to magnify the Lord and boast in Him anticipates the worship and exaltation of Jesus as our Savior and King (Philippians 2:9-11).

The psalmist's testimony of God's deliverance and protection reflects the ultimate deliverance we experience through Christ's sacrificial death and resurrection (Colossians 1:13-14).

The invitation to taste and see that the Lord is good echoes Jesus' invitation to partake of Him, the bread of life (John 6:35), and find satisfaction in Him alone.

The psalmist's assurance that the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit points to the compassionate nature of Jesus, who came to bind up the brokenhearted and comfort those who mourn (Luke 4:18).

The psalmist's trust in God's provision and lack of want prefigures Jesus' teaching on God's care and provision for His people (Matthew 6:25-34).

Psalm 34 celebrates the goodness, deliverance, and provision of God, all of which are fully realized in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Provider.