Gaebelein's Annotated Bible
A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed. I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.Psalm 34
The Perfect Praise of His Redeemed People
1. His praise for salvation (Psalm 34:1-10)
2. The instructions of the righteous (Psalm 34:11-16)
3. His redemption remembered (Psalm 34:17-22)
This is another alphabetical Psalm, only one letter is omitted. It is primarily the praise of David after his escape from Gath, as the inscription tells us. Prophetically it is the praise of His redeemed and delivered people, delivered from all their fears (Psalm 34:4) and saved out of all their troubles (Psalm 34:6). Such will be their worship and praise in the coming day, while they themselves will be teachers and instructors in righteousness (verses 12-16; see 1Peter 3:10-12).
Psalm 34:20 is a literal prophecy concerning our Lord and was literally fulfilled (John 19:36). But the believer also can claim this promise, for we are His bones. “It intimates to the believer the limitation within which the power of the oppressor is confined, with whom he is in ceaseless conflict. As the same Scripture which contains the record of Messiah’s sufferings provided also that no bone of Him should be broken, so it is with the saint.” They will be kept by His own power. The last two verses of this Psalm shows the judgment of the wicked and the deliverance of the righteous in that day. We have seen once more how Psalm is linked with Psalm.