Seek Peace | Psalm 34:8-16
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Fear the LORD, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth.
David wrote these words after a close call. In his attempt to escape from Saul he went into the land of the Philistines. He was spotted right away. The Philistines recognized him as the one who killed their hero, Goliath. David was “very much afraid” and pretended to be insane in order to protect himself. It was not David’s best day (see 1 Samuel 21:10-15).
However, his fear and feigning insanity did not stop him from praising the Lord. He knew that regardless of his scheme, God was the one who delivered him. Perhaps David was thinking of his trickery when he wrote, “keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.” David, the great leader, knew that even the king of the beasts grows weak and hungry. Running from Saul was wearing him out, but even in those times God provides good things to those who seek him.
Maybe you can relate to David’s fear, even his deceit. Circumstances have caused you to pretend to be someone you’re not. You have been living out of character. Don’t keep pretending. Heed David’s advice: Turn from evil. Do good. Seek peace with God. He is always attentive to your cry for help.
Lord, thank you for not turning your back on me during my less than stellar stretches. I am turning from evil and returning home. I long to know your forgiveness, feel your embrace and hear you whisper, “Welcome home.” In Jesus’ name. Amen.