Psalm 34 The Message Bible

Praise for Deliverance from Troubles

34 1  I bless God every chance I get; my lungs expand with his praise. 2  I live and breathe God; if things aren't going well, hear this and be happy: 3  Join me in spreading the news; together let's get the word out. 4  God met me more than halfway, he freed me from my anxious fears. 5  Look at him; give him your warmest smile. Never hide your feelings from him. 6  When I was desperate, I called out, and God got me out of a tight spot. 7  God's angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray. 8  Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see - how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him. 9  Worship God if you want the best; worship opens doors to all his goodness. 10  Young lions on the prowl get hungry, but God-seekers are full of God.

11  Come, children, listen closely; I'll give you a lesson in God worship. 12  Who out there has a lust for life? Can't wait each day to come upon beauty? 13  Guard your tongue from profanity, and no more lying through your teeth. 14  Turn your back on sin; do something good. Embrace peace - don't let it get away! 15  God keeps an eye on his friends, his ears pick up every moan and groan. 16  God won't put up with rebels; he'll cull them from the pack. 17  Is anyone crying for help? God is listening, ready to rescue you. 18  If your heart is broken, you'll find God right there; if you're kicked in the gut, he'll help you catch your breath. 19  Disciples so often get into trouble; still, God is there every time. 20  He's your bodyguard, shielding every bone; not even a finger gets broken. 21  The wicked commit slow suicide; they waste their lives hating the good. 22  God pays for each slave's freedom; no one who runs to him loses out.

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