Sunday, August  19, 2012


Psalm 34

Great risks lead to great rewards.  When we fail to risk things on behalf of God our souls become dead, discontented, fulfilled, stagnant.  Unfortunately, many Christians go through their entire spiritual journeys never experiencing a God who can part Red Seas, close the mouths of lions, or bid them to walk on water – all because they refuse to take a risk.

God is a God of risk – he bids us to it.  He told Abraham to risk it all and leave Ur.  He told Moses to risk it all by leaving the comfort of middle age to challenge Pharoah to let the Israeli slaves go.  He told Joshua to risk it all by marching around Jericho seven times.  He told Peter to risk it all by getting out of the boat and walking on water.  God is a god of risk.

Too often we confuse comfort with peace; belief with faith; safety with wisdom; materialism with blessing; and existence with life.

Psalm 34 was written by David when he was running for his life from King Saul.  Specifically, it was written after his experience with a king named Achish.  You can read the story in 1 Samuel 21 and I encourage you to do so.

In this Psalm, David says he’s going to risk it all by…

1. Glorifying God (vss. 1-3).  David says he will glorify God continuously (at all times), contagiously (let the afflicted hear), and corporately (let us exalt his name together).

2. Seeking God. (vss. 4-6).  David says he will be shameless in his personal pursuit of God and in proclaiming that it is only God who “helps” the poor man who David sees himself as.

3.  Fearing God (vss. 7 & 9).  The fear David speaks about is a reverence for God’s almighty person and power.  David is simply reminding us that we needn’t fear what’s going on around us (the economy, our circumstances, etc.) because God is in control.  David says that those who fear God will “not lack any good thing”.

4.  Experiencing God’s goodness (8-10).  David invites everything to “taste and see” that the Lord is good.  David is willing to push all his chips to the middle of the table and bet on the goodness of God.

When we play it safe, we’re simply saying to God that we don’t trust him with our lives; that we can do better than he can with our plans.  However, safe and comfortable living only leads to deadness of our souls.  God wants us alive!

When was the last time you took a spiritual risk?



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