Ps 34:1-22. On the title compare 1Sa 21:13. Abimelech was the general name of the
sovereign (Ge 20:2).
After celebrating God's gracious dealings with him, the Psalmist
exhorts others to make trial of His providential care, instructing them
how to secure it. He then contrasts God's care of His people and His
punitive providence towards the wicked.
1-4. Even in distress, which excites
supplication, there is always matter for praising and thanking God
(compare Eph 5:20; Php 4:6).
2. make her boast—"glory" (Ps 105:3; compare Ga 6:14).
humble—"the pious," as in Ps 9:12; 25:9.
3. magnify the Lord—ascribe greatness to
Him, an act of praise.
together—"alike" (Ps 33:15), or, equally, without exception.
4. delivered … fears—as well as
actual evil (Ps 64:1).
5-7. God's favor to the pious generally, and
to himself specially, is celebrated.
looked—with desire for help.
lightened—or, "brightened," expressing
joy, opposed to the downcast features of those who are ashamed or
disappointed (Ps 25:2, 3).
6. This poor man—literally, "humble,"
himself as a specimen of such.
7. angel—of the covenant (Isa 63:9), of whom as a leader of God's host
(Jos 5:14; 1Ki 22:19), the phrase—
encampeth, &c.—is appropriate; or,
"angel" used collectively for angels (Heb 1:14).
8. taste and see—try and experience.
9. that fear him—who are
pious—fear and love (Pr 1:7; 9:10).
saints—consecrated to His service
10. not want any good—"good" is
emphatic; they may be afflicted (compare Ps 34:10); but this may be a good (2Co 4:17, 18; Heb 12:10, 11).
11. children—subjects of instruction
12. What man—Whoever desires the
blessings of piety, let him attend.
13, 14. Sins of thought included in those of
6:45), avoiding evil and
doing good in our relations to men are based on a right relation to
15. eyes of the Lord are upon—(Ps 32:8;
16. face … against—opposed to them
cut off the remembrance—utterly
destroy (Ps 109:13).
17, 18. Humble penitents are objects of God's
special tender regard (Ps 51:19; Isa 57:15).
20. bones—framework of the body.
21, 22. Contrast in the destiny of righteous
and wicked; the former shall be delivered and never come into
condemnation (Joh 5:24; Ro 8:1); the latter are left under condemnation