(Written by David when he pretended to be crazy in front of Abimelech, so that Abimelech would send him away, and David could leave.)
Honor the Lord
34 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[a] 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.
34.10Young lions: In the Psalms wild animals often stand for God’s enemies.
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