Daily Scripture reading for the week is at the end of the page.
Dr. June Normil
The psalm begins with extolling God for His actions and blessings (Psalm 34:1-2). Praise is to be God-focused and God-centered: boast about the Lord. Proclaiming the goodness of God at all times can encourage the hurting to remain strong in their trust of the Lord. Christians can also be a blessing by sharing their own testimonies of praise. Praise nurtures a grateful heart. While it often begins as an individual endeavor, it can and should lead to others glorifying God for His goodness (verse 3). David described his own experiences with the Lord (verses 4,6). God delivered him from his fears and troubles, and God will do the same for us today. Those who seek God will find His help. This doesn't guarantee freedom from trouble, but He will be with His people through whatever comes. For this reason, God's people should radiate hope and joy rather than doom and gloom. Those who trust in God need not fear being ashamed, for God will deliver them from their troubles (verses 5-6). God's people are never outside of His care and protection (verse 7). God is at work to deliver and protect His people. The world should notice a difference in how we face and respond to the troubles we encounter. Our outlook on life should reflect the help and deliverance we find in the Lord.
[For Personal Reflection] How have you experienced God's presence, His deliverance, and His restoration?
TRUST IN THE LORD ( PSALM 34:15-22).
Consider the main points of this week's study: Bless the Lord who saves, fear the Lord, and trust in the Lord. Do you rejoice in being a child of God, someone He has saved? In a time when so many relationships are shallow, how are you pursuing a vibrant and strong relationship with God? Do your choices reflect respect for who God is and what He has done for you? Do you care about what God thinks about the way you live? When things get tough, do you look to God for help or do you blame Him for your troubles? Instead of looking for answers on your own, look to God and follow His ways. In these ways, your life will proclaim that God is good and worthy of all praise.
GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!
See You In Sunday School Next Week!!!!
Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 100 Number 4 Jun. Jul. Aug. 2019 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil