Reflections on Psalm 34
Scripture: Read through Psalm 34
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One of my favorite things about being a camper at Tapawingo was that fact that spending time with the Lord on His island of beauty was one of the most grounding things of my whole summer. While summer can be one of the best times of the year because of all the fun memories that are made, it is also a time of transition and anticipation of changes that may be coming in the fall. Maybe you will be starting at a new school in a couple of months, maybe you will be moving this summer, maybe you’re unsure of what the fall will look like because of the pandemic. You might be feeling excited, scared, or a mix of both emotions about what the future holds!
It can be overwhelming to think about what comes next, but through it all we can turn to God. We can cry out to Him about our fears and we can praise Him for His faithfulness! A psalm that I continually come back to, to reflect and meditate on, is Psalm 34. In Psalm 34, David is still a fugitive running
from Saul. Many of the psalms that David wrote give us great insight into how he was feeling during that time! Psalm 34 is a great guide to how we can respond to fear and feeling overwhelmed.
V. 3 “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together”
Praise God for who He is! Ask God to help you reflect on His faithfulness to you and remember the ways that He has shown His grace in your life. Magnify Him and share His faithfulness to you with your friends and family and the people God puts in your path.
V. 4 “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears”
Seek the Lord! As Miss Caroline wrote in her devotion, it is so important for us to be seeking first His kingdom and prioritizing our time with Him! God already knows how you are feeling and the things that are on your heart, but He also delights in us bringing these things to Him in prayer.
V. 10 “The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing”
Remember that you lack no good thing in Him! No matter what our circumstance, the Lord is our portion and that is more than enough.
- Reflect on the ways that God has been faithful in your life! Try journaling about this and think about how God has worked in previous times of uncertainty and fear.
- Write out encouraging verses of scripture and hang them in places that you frequent! It could be on your desk, your bathroom mirror, your phone wallpaper, etc. Ground yourself in truth and be reminded of it constantly. Something Miss Emily Kinzer told me when I was a CIT, is that scripture is the only offensive part of the armor of God!