January 8, 2018

Psalm 34:7

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The angel of the Lord encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.

In Jesus We Are In The Best Of Care.

CONTEXT The Lord, a Provider and Deliverer. Praise for Deliverance from Trouble

CROSS REFERENCES

2 Kings 6:17 (KJV) And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

2 Kings 19:35 (KJV) And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

Psalm 91:11 (KJV) For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

Matthew 18:10 (KJV) Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

Hebrews 1:14 (KJV) Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

COMMENTARY / APPLICATION A Psalm of David when he feigned madness before Abimelech, who drove him away and he departed. NASB The title of the psalm ascribes it to David and specifies that it was written to commemorate his escape from Abimelech the king of Gath (1 Sam. 21:10-15). The name of the king in 1 Sam. 21 is Achish. It is believed that Abimelech was a throne name and Achish a personal name. [Nelson SB] Overview: David expressed praise for deliverance (Ps. 34), [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] Angel of the LORD. God’s heavenly representative, his “messenger,” sent to effect his will on earth. [NIV SB] The messenger of God represents God Himself camping near His children. [Disciple SB] “Angel of the Lord” occurs only three times in the Psalter (cf. 35:5, 6). Quite often in the O.T. the “Angel of the Lord” denotes a Christophany, i.e., a preincarnate appearance of Christ (cf. Gen 16:7, 13). [Believer’s SB] The angel of the LORD. The Lord Himself will protect His own. See note on Gen. 16:9. [Ryrie SB] The angel of the LORD. A theophany, a self-manifestation of God. He here speaks as God, identifies Himself with God, and claims to exercise the prerogatives of God. See 16:7-14; 21:17-21; 22:11-18; 31:11, 13; Ex. 3:2; Judg. 2:1-4; 5:23; 6:11-24; 13:3-22; 2 Sam. 24:16; Zech. 1:12; 3:1; 12:8. Because the angel of the Lord ceases to appear after the incarnation, it is often inferred that the angel in the OT is a preincarnate appearance of the second person of the Trinity. [Ryrie SB re Gen. 16:9] Traditional Christian interpretation has held that this “angel” was a preincarnate manifestation of Christ as God’s Messenger-Servant. [NIV SB re Gen. 16:7] Angel of the Lord. This was the Angel that had appeared to Moses, Joshua, and others, and was none other than Christ. [SDA Commentary re Judges 13:3] The phrase the angel of the LORD and the name of God are often interchanged. With the sense of God surrounding or hovering over the believer in this manner, there is no need to fear–even in the most desperate times. [Nelson SB] Encamps Around. Speaks of the security with which the Lord surrounds his people, individually and collectively; [NIV SB] So, in all ages, angels have been near to Christ’s faithful followers. The vast confederacy of evil is arrayed against all who would overcome; but Christ would have us look to the things which are not seen, to the armies of heaven encamped about all who love God, to deliver them. {DA 240} Some of the psalms praise God for His glory in creation. This one praises Him because of the meaning of relationship with Him. He delivers, not merely from things feared but from fear itself, [Disciple SB]

Categories: Freedom From Fear

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