Beth Elohenu Messianic Congregation
P.O. Box 335761
N. Las Vegas, NV. 89033
Shalom. Our Message this morning will be from Psalm 34. And the Title is, MANY ARE THE AFFLICTIONS OF THE RIGHTEOUS, BUT THE LORD DELIVERS HIM OUT OF THEM ALL.
So with that said, let’s read Psalm 34.
PSALM 34.1-2 I will bless The LORD at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in The LORD. The humble shall hear of it, and be glad.
So why should we bless The LORD at all times, and praise Him continually? Because The LORD loves you with an everlasting love. He is your hope, and your expectation. He will always deliver you from all your troubles, and shield you from all your problems. GOD hears your prayers and answers them. He saves you from every difficulty you face in life. He delivers you from your enemies because He is The LORD GOD Almighty Who loves you, The Messiah Yeshua Who has given you Salvation. Who helps you, and defends you, and gives you the victory in life.
So bless The LORD at all times, and praise Him continually because The LORD your GOD has forgiven you your sins through your faith in The Messiah Yeshua. He has put His Law in your heart, and you obey Them. And you are a new person, Holy and GODLY, pleasing to The LORD, and Righteous, written in GOD’s Book of Life. And GOD has given you the gift of The Holy Spirit and Life Eternal.
And praising The LORD is conquering despair, overcoming and defeating distress and hopelessness from circumstances that seem too much to cope with. But The LORD your GOD is with you. And you will walk through the valley of the shadow of death in praise and glory.
Bless The LORD at all times. Praise Him continually because GOD is your hope, and expectation. He will never disappoint you because The LORD your GOD will always give you the victory. He will always deliver you because your eyes are fixed on Him.
That is why you should bless The LORD at all times. His praise shall continually be in your mouth. And the humble will hear of it, and be glad.
PSALM 34.3 David wrote this Psalm, and he calls on us to magnify The LORD, and exalt His Name together. Declare His greatness, and honor Him because The LORD is an Excellent GOD, and Great. Because His Goodness, and Love have no end.
PSALM 34.4 Fears are either real or imagined. They are emotionally distressing causing pain, and sorrow and severe anxiety. Fears are aroused by imminent or imagined danger. They give us the feeling of being afraid and frightened, and apprehensive from sudden attack of danger. Fear gives us a feeling of dread and tension. But the strong counsel of the Psalm tells us to seek The LORD, and ask Him for help. Worship Him. Humble yourself. Beg Him. Appeal to Him urgently. Bow down to The LORD your GOD and submit yourself to Him. And The LORD, The Mighty GOD of Creation will deliver you from all your fears, everyone of them.
PSALM 34.5 Those who looked to The LORD their GOD were lightened. They sparkled. They were cheerful and radiant. They were happy and bright, and smiling. And they were lightened. The weight of their burden became light, and less dark. They shined, and their eyes were bright. And they were not ashamed. They were not disappointed because they looked to The LORD their GOD, their Deliverer for help. And He answered their prayers. ISAIAH 26.2-3
PSALM 34.6 GOD will always hear you, and save you out of all your troubles.
The Mighty GOD opened the Red Sea for the Children of Israel to cross on dry ground to escape being slaughtered by the charging Egyptian armies.
The Red Sea at its widest point is 220 miles wide. Its maximum depth is 7,250 feet deep, or one and a half miles deep. Take your guess at what location The LORD opened the ocean for the Children of Israel to cross, not on muddy ground, but on dry ground. And after the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, The LORD caused the sixteenth largest ocean in the world to crash down on the Egyptians, killing them all. And GOD saved His people. And He will save and deliver you also from all your troubles. EXODUS 14.8-31
PSALM 34.7 The Angel of The LORD encamps round about them that fear Him. The Angel of The LORD defends those who fear Him, and delivers them. And the Angel of The LORD in this passage is GOD Almighty, The LORD GOD Who appeared to Moses in the burning bush. EXODUS 3.1-6
Fearing GOD is the same as fearing a firm and loving father, your human father. He will punish you for continuously disobeying him. But He will reward you for your obedience to Him. Thus, when you fear your father, you will happily obey Him. The same applies to your Father in Heaven. If you continuously disobey Him, He will punish you. But when you start obeying Him, He will bless you. That is the fear of The LORD. And GOD defends those who fear Him, and delivers them. DEUTERONOMY 6.24-25, DEUTERONOMY 8.6, DEUTERONOMY 10.12-13, ECCLESIASTES 12.13
And The Messiah Yeshua has some strong advise for us when it comes to fearing GOD. LUKE 12.4-5
VERSE 5 Forewarn means to warn you in advance to fear GOD.
PSALM 34.8 The LORD is both good, and He blesses those who trust in Him. Which reminds me of PROVERBS 3.5-6
Trust in The LORD with all your heart, and don’t put a whole lot of confidence in your own abilities. In everything you do, acknowledge The LORD. That is, whatever you do, do it GOD’s way. GOD’s way is always according to His Teachings and His Laws that are written in The Law of Moses. And by doing everything in your life GOD’s way, being obedient to His Law, The LORD your GOD will always direct your paths. And you will be blessed.
PSALM 34.9 There is no want to those who fear The LORD. You will lack nothing in your life if you fear GOD and keep His Commandments along with your faith in The Messiah Yeshua.
PSALM 34.10 They that seek The LORD shall not want any good thing because you will have every good thing. And Yeshua tells us how to seek The LORD. In Righteousness. MATTHEW 6.25-34
Verse 33. Yeshua says, First seek the Kingdom of GOD AND His Righteousness. These are GOD’s Words on how to seek The LORD. The Kingdom of GOD is GOD because GOD rules over everything and everyone, everywhere. And that is His Kingdom. And when you seek GOD, you are asking for His help, and His Righteousness. GOD’s Righteousness is the right way to do things in your life, pleasing to GOD according to all His Laws that are written in The Law of Moses. That is GOD’s Righteousness.
So Messiah says, There is no need to worry about anything because when you ask GOD for help and His Righteousness, His help will be according to His Laws that are written in The Law of Moses. And you will lack nothing because you respond by living your life according to GOD’S Righteousness.
PSALM 34.11-4 David provides some important words on the meaning of fearing The LORD, for those who desire life, and love many days, that they may see good.
Keep yourself from evil. Evil is the Hebrew word RAH meaning evil, bad, disobedience to GOD’S Law of Moses, wickedness, wrong, not pleasing GOD by not obeying Him.
And David writes, keep your lips from speaking guile, from deceit, and deceiving, and cheating, and from fraud. And depart from evil and do good. Seek peace and pursue it. That is the fear of The LORD.
PSALM 34.15 The eyes of The LORD are everywhere. He sees everything, and He knows everything. JEREMIAH 23.24, PROVERBS 15.3, PSALM 139.7-12
But His eyes are especially upon the Righteous. And His ears are open to their cry. He hears our grief, our pain, and our suffering.
Righteousness is a recurrent theme throughout The Bible. The teaching of Righteousness appears repeatedly in every part of The Bible from beginning to end. Check it out. GOD’s blessings are upon the Righteous. GOD’s deliverance and protection are upon the Righteous. The gifts of GOD are given to the Righteous. The Holy Spirit, Salvation, and Eternal Life are given to the Righteous. Atonement through Yeshua The Messiah is by GOD’s grace. But then you must live your life in Righteousness.
Many are taught that atonement and eternal life are unconditional. They say if you believe in Jesus Christ, He has done it all. You don’t have to obey The Law of Moses, they say. You are under grace. You know what? That sounds a whole lot like satan’s words to Eve in the Garden of Eden. And the snake said to her, Yes, has GOD said, you shall not eat of every tree of the Garden? And Eve said to the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the Garden, but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the Garden, GOD has said, you shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die. And the serpent said to the woman, you shall not surely die. For GOD does know that in the day you eat of it, then your eyes will be opened, and you shall be as GOD knowing good and evil.
Messiah warns us that satan was a murderer from the beginning and a hater of the Truth because there is no Truth in him. Being taught that we don’t have to obey The Law of Moses, which happens to be GOD’s Laws, is the same as satan’s lie to Eve, and a continuation of satan’s lies to humanity. JOHN 8.44
Righteousness comes by obeying The Law of Moses along with your faith in Messiah Yeshua. And Righteousness is necessary for GOD’s Blessings, His Holy Spirit, Salvation and Eternal Life. That’s why Yeshua said, Seek The Kingdom of GOD and His Righteousness. Matthew 6.33.
Righteousness means being right with GOD. And the only way to be right with GOD is being obedient to all GOD’s Laws that are written in The Law of Moses along with you faith in Yeshua The Messiah. And when you are Righteous, The LORD your GOD will do the impossible for you. For the eyes of The LORD are upon the Righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.
PSALM 34.16 Remember what evil is. Evil is bad and wickedness. Evil is disobedience to GOD. Evil is disobedience to GOD’S Law of Moses. And the only way to steer clear of evil is by being Righteous. Obeying every Word that GOD speaks, and every Law of GOD that is written in The Law of Moses.
PSALM 34.17 Again, it is the Righteous whom GOD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. And again, I refer to Yeshua’s Words in MATTHEW 25.46, and Peter’s words in 1 PETER 3.12, and the words of Moses in DEUTERONOMY 6.24-25
PSALM 34.18 The LORD is near to them that are of a broken heart, and saves such who have a contrite spirit, that is a crushed spirit, who are not yet saved, and who do not know GOD. This was my experience with The LORD 32 years ago before I knew The LORD GOD.
The word near, as The LORD is near them that are of a broken heart means that The LORD GOD as a near male relative, especially my Father, or your Father, came near to me when I had a broken heart and a crushed spirit. And He healed me, and saved me. And later, He taught me that Yeshua, (I first knew His Name as Jesus), is Jewish and He is The Messiah and GOD Almighty, The ONE GOD. And He taught me what Righteousness is. Obeying GOD’s Laws that are written in The Law of Moses. And He taught me that atonement comes from believing in Messiah Yeshua. And that Salvation unto Eternal Life, being written in GOD’s Book of Life comes from Righteousness, obeying GOD’s Law of Moses along with my faith in Messiah Yeshua, The GOD of all Creation. GOD heals the broken-hearted, and saves those who have a crushed spirit.
But having a broken heart and a crushed spirit can happen to the Righteous as well. But be comforted because GOD is near. GOD delivers the crushed in spirit, and defends you, and heals you, and preserves and rescues you, and gives you the victory. Because The LORD is near them that are of a broken heart, and saves them that have a crushed spirit.
PSALM 34.19 Many are the afflictions of the Righteous. Yup. We have them also. But The LORD delivers us out of them all. How important is it to be Righteous with GOD?
PSALM 34.20 Certainly GOD gave David a vision, or spoke to him about Messiah’s Atoning and agonizing death. Not one of His bones would be broken. JOHN 19.33-34
PSALM 34.21 People should be careful not to hate the Righteous because they will be desolate.
PSALM 34.22 The servants of The LORD are Righteous. And The LORD redeems us. That is, The LORD delivers us, forgives our sins, rescues us, and saves us, and gives us eternal life with the Family of GOD. And none of us will be desolate, or guilty of sin, because GOD has redeemed us. Yes, we have our afflictions, many of them, but The LORD delivers us out of them all. Amen.
Shalom, Ira Weinstein, Congregational Leader