epilogoReading the first verses of this song, we can tell David is really thankful. Considering its historical context, David’s attitude is not a surprise; after all, his life was spared in a very dramatic way.

Also, the way David wrote this psalm tells us that he wants people to easily remember it.

If thankfulness is the right response to God’s generosity, and it’s founded on the truth of our real condition, God’s Beauty, and the nature of His gift for us, then, What can we learn about His Beauty, in this Psalm?

David focus, here, is to tell us about God’s character, the way He is. In other words, the main focus of this song is God’s Beauty, particularly how this Beauty is expressed by His generosity.

Do you remember last time you experienced generosity?

How did you feel?

How did you know the gift you were receiving was a generous one?

 

Regardless of our cultural background, I’m sure we all can agree that generosity contains an element of surprise. It’s not only an unexpected gift, it is way much more than what we could have imagined.

That is the way our God is. That is the way God expresses His character.

 

In Psalm 34, David tells us three things about God:

  1. He is good
  2. He is righteous, or just
  3. He is near

 

But that is not all!

 

David also says that we are invited to come, and verify that those attributes are actually true. In other words, this is not just a declaration of His character, but also an invitation to come closer – bringing with us the realities of our daily life – and find out that He is, really, good and just and near.

 

But that is not all!

 

Yes, He clearly declares His character.

Yes, He clearly invites us to come and taste.

And, yes, He takes the initiative – God is not waiting for us to come; He came.

 

At the end of the song, there is an interesting reference to how God protects His servant.

(AG)Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
    (AH)but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
 He keeps all his bones;
    (AI)not one of them is broken.
Psalm 34:19,20

 

What makes it interesting is that St. John used that passage to refer to Christ Jesus.

(AZ)For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: (BA)“Not one of his bones (BB)will be broken.”

John 19:36

 

And it makes perfect sense: In Jesus Christ we see God’s goodness, justice, and nearness expressed in a clear and definitive way. But we see it because He came. God came, and lived among us. God came, and showed us His glory. Christ Jesus came, and through His Beauty – that is, His Person and His work – He restored us back to Him.

 

And that, beloved, is generosity.

 

Question : How will respond to such an expression of His Beauty?

 

Gracia & Paz

AlexV