Find the motivation and strength to keep going in Psalm 34 of the Bible. Read on to delve deeper into one of the most motivating psalms in the Bible.
We will analyze its meaning, and you will be able to listen to it in audio to have it available wherever you are. Are you going to miss it?
Psalm 34 kjv
Listen to a version of the complete spoken Psalm 34 in English to introduce you to the text we are going to analyze next.
Relax and connect with God with this audition, you will see how good you will feel after listening to it.
Psalm 34 complete in Englsih and large print
In this section, as usual, we present the complete text of Psalm 34 in English and with the appropriate font size to read from any electronic device you use.
It is time to read the Holy Scriptures in modern language, so we recommend you to find a relaxed and quiet place to let you flow with these wonderful words and feel deep inside the message they carry.
1 I will bless the Lord at all times; my lips will always praise him.
2 My soul shall glory in the Lord; the lowly shall hear it, and rejoice.
3 Let us magnify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who come to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him and delivered him from all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him; he is at their side to deliver them.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed are those who take refuge in him.
9 Fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The young lions grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack nothing.
11 Come, my children, and listen to me, for I am going to teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Whoever wants to love life and enjoy happy days,
13 to restrain his tongue from speaking evil and his lips from uttering deceit;
14 to turn away from evil and do good; to seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their prayers;
16 the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to blot out their memory from the earth.
17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the brokenhearted.
19 Many are the troubles of the righteous, but the Lord will deliver him out of them all;
20 He will protect all his bones, and not one of them will be broken.
21 Wickedness destroys the wicked; the enemies of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord delivers his servants; those who trust in him shall not be condemned.
Meaning of Psalm 34 message
In addition, the reading of the psalm is accompanied by a very interesting commentary that we invite you to listen to as well, although if you do not have so much time, we will also make an analysis in this article.
Psalm 34 is one of the most beautiful and best known psalms in the Book of Psalms of the Bible, not only by Catholics, but also by other religions such as Judaism.
For us Christians, Psalm 34 is also of great importance. The monks in the monasteries prayed it every Monday morning, and It is now frequently used in the Eucharist as a responsorial psalm. In addition, its verses are frequently quoted in the Gospels for example, in John 19:36 during one of Pontius Pilate’s encounters with Jesus in the Passion of Christ.
“For these things came to pass that the Scripture might be fulfilled:
No bone of his shall be broken.”
Focusing on the analysis of Psalm 34 itself, we see that it is a psalm in which the author, King David, seeks God’s protection in one of his episodes of persecution.
Many times, we also require God’s protection in the face of some of the threats of our daily life, such as fears and difficulties. This psalm intends to instill confidence in God in those who listen or read it, and we assure you that it succeeds.
- Psalm 34 1-3
The first three verses make the message clear: we should bless the Lord all the time, because thanks to God, our soul is delivered from sin and temptation. It is easy to identify the motivational tone and the strength of the message in these words.
- Psalm 34 4-10
The following six verses, from 4 to 10, David is dedicated to making us reflect on why God allows bad things to happen in the world and why we often have weaknesses. He insinuates that we should pray as if everything were in God’s hands, but strive as if it only depended on us.
When we pray, the Lord frees us from our worst fears. We see this reflected in verse 4:
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
freed me from all my fears.”
- Last verses of Psalm 34
Finally, the remaining verses to the end urge us to trust in the Lord. God will supply our needs if we trust in Him fully. This message is paramount for Christians, because our faith is based on this. God’s love and strength are infinite, and he will make us live happily, even though it often seems impossible.
We see that there are three verses, 11, 12 and 13, that show the beauty of this message. We put them here, so you don’t have to search for them in the full text:
“He who wants to love life and enjoy happy days,
to restrain his tongue from speaking evil and his lips from uttering deceit;
Let him turn from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.”
We see how, if we follow the way of the Lord and love with all our heart, we will be rewarded with a happy life.
This message should be the standard of every Christian, we must all strive to make the world a better place and teach the Word of God to those who do not know it. This is the only way to put an end to the selfishness and evil in the world. This is the only way.
This message of trust and faith in God culminates in verse 17, a phrase that we should internalize and believe in with all our souls. We leave it here to end this reflection, hoping that it will give you the strength to continue with your daily life and face the difficulties with much more enthusiasm.
“The righteous cry, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them out of all their distresses.”
Psalm 34 sung
To complete the article, we leave you a musical version of Psalm 34, for piano and voice by Katherine Cordero. We are sure you will like it and will want to listen to it on loop now that you know more deeply the meaning of its lyrics.
More information on Psalm 34 King James Version
As we have already mentioned, David wrote this psalm when he was persecuted by King Saul who wanted to assassinate him. He took refuge in a cave together with 400 faithful to his cause who were frightened by the wrath of the tyrant. In such a hostile environment, David promulgated this speech, later turned into a psalm, to encourage his followers and give them strength to go on.
Thus, we can use this psalm as a way to motivate ourselves and feel more protected in difficult times. In Your Online Bible, we also offer you powerful Christian prayers of protection
that can complement what you have learned from Psalm 34.
Here we close this article on Psalm 34 of the Catholic Bible! We hope it has helped you if you are going through a difficult time or simply strengthened your trust in the Lord. If you want more related psalms like this one, we recommend other psalms among others. See you next time, peace be with you!