Psalm 34

Praise for Deliverance from Trouble
Of David, when he feigned madness before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.

1 I will always praise the Lord.
2 With all my heart,
      I will praise the Lord.
   Let all who are helpless,
      listen and be glad.
3 Honor the Lord with me!
      Celebrate his great name.
4 I asked the Lord for help,
   and he saved me
      from all my fears.

5 Keep your eyes on the Lord!
   You will shine like the sun
      and never blush with shame.
6 I was a nobody, but I prayed,
   and the Lord saved me
      from all my troubles.

7 If you honor the Lord,
      his angel will protect you.
8 Discover for yourself
      that the Lord is kind.
   Come to him for protection,
      and you will be glad.

9 Honor the Lord!
      You are his special people.
   No one who honors the Lord
      will ever be in need.
10 Young lions may go hungry
      or even starve,
   but if you trust the Lord,
   you will never miss out
      on anything good.

11 Come, my children, listen
      as I teach you
         to respect the Lord.
12 Do you want to live
         and enjoy a long life?
13 Then don’t say cruel things
         and don’t tell lies.
14 Do good instead of evil
         and try to live at peace.

15 If you obey the Lord,
      he will watch over you
         and answer your prayers.
16 But God despises evil people,
         and he will wipe them all
      from the earth,
         till they are forgotten.
17 When his people pray for help,
      he listens and rescues them
         from their troubles.
18 The Lord is there to rescue
      all who are discouraged
         and have given up hope.

19 The Lord’s people
         may suffer a lot,
      but he will always
         bring them safely through.
20 Not one of their bones
         will ever be broken.

21 Wicked people are killed
         by their own evil deeds,
      and if you hate God’s people
         you will be punished.
22 The Lord saves the lives
         of his servants.
      Run to him for protection,
         and you won’t be punished.

The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
Selected texts provided for use with the Hypertext Bible Commentary