Psalm 34 Fear equals protection? For Real?




The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.  Oh fear the TLORD, you His saints: for [there is] no want to them that fear HIm.  Come you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.  Psalm 34: 7, 9, 11  (KJV)

I read these verses and instantly a song pops into my mind:  His Eye Is on the Sparrow.  Read the words:
Why should I feel discouraged
Why should the shadows come
Why should my heart feel lonely
And long for heaven and home?
When Jesus is my portions
A constant friend is He
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me.
I sing because I’m happy
I sing because I’m free
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me.

(Based on Matthew 10:29-31;  see May 4, 2016 He Watches Over You)

NO WANT!    Despite discouragement, sorrow, pain, loneliness, l-o-n-ging to leave this earth because life is frankly just HARD;  the Word of God says, I am protected because I revere the Lord my God..

David, the worshipping, warrior king.  David who loved God, trusted God, and wrote down all that was flowing from his heart.  David the king who had experienced deliverance, forgiveness, rescue from danger and death,   David understands WHO has sustained his life through the years of exposure to the elements, wild animals, a crazy king, enemies, and even his own stupidity (can I call a decision to have an affair with a married woman and then having her husband killed stupid?  I thought so.)  David writes this:  All that is required is fear of the LORD.  No matter how low David went, he still stood in awe and reverence to Almighty God.  He knew where his hope was found.  This is the definition of “no want!”  David writes to encourage his fellow worshippers and teach the young.  Is this not what love does?  Is this not leadership?  Is this not PROTECTION?

The LORD has more than once rescued me or those I love.  Is it not reasonable that I too would desire to encourage you?  Teach my children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and those I come in contact with to choose to “fear God?”

Our faith is the basis of our protection (lack of want) because Jesus promises to always be with us.  One more thing, He is a risen Savior.  He is ALIVE!  Zephaniah 3:17 says it this way:  “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.  He will take great delight in you;  in his love he will no longer rebuke you,  but will rejoice over you with singing.”  Just like a sparrow sings!  Does this knowledge not invoke awe and reverence of our God?    Psalm 34 has been the source of inspiration used by the Holy Spirit to ignite a fire for a soul in need of a song:

Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me, bless His holy name



Like David, Let’s just praise the LORD!  This is fear of the LORD!

Treading and not alone,

Yvonne Jones

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About Yvonne Jones

I am at heart, a LIFEguard: "big" sister, mama, grandmother, aunt, friend, swimming coach, lifeguard trainer, and registered nurse. I am in the business of alleviating fear through education and lots of hand holding. As a swimming instructor, I have taught people of all ages to overcome fear of the water and I marvel as fear gives way to fearlessness, as panic turns to pure joy, as tears dissolve into giggles of glee, and pennies retrieved from the bottom of the abyss become trophies. As a nurse, I have been privileged to walk up to Heaven's gate as patients and family are welcomed home, witnessed the miracle of birth, helped mend broken hearts, and cared for the elderly as they wait.Scriptures number one admonition is "fear not." Question is HOW??? The Word becomes our swimming instructor and can help us learn to "tread water til Jesus comes." Something my students often thought I was going to make them do!So welcome to my pool! Jump in the cool water. Let it refresh your soul and feel the unseen hands of the Master Lifeguard lift you up and out of the deep water. Who knows, you just might even walk on water!

One thought on “Psalm 34 Fear equals protection? For Real?

  1. Beth Brown

    Reverence and songs of praise for my Lord!!! Bless You Lord for my protection and salvation! Blessings to you , Von.


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