Regent Theological Seminary, just across the border, put out this meditation on Psalm 34 in their student chapel today which came via email:
We encourage you to take some time today to contemplate Psalm 34 (or even just a portion of it). You could do this alone with the Lord, or perhaps you could have a time of communal lectio divina with your household or over Zoom with some friends. Here are the questions we’ve pondered in our lectio divina meditations over the past couple of weeks:
1. What is a word or phrase that stands out to you in the reading?
(Read Psalm 34 twice; contemplate in silence for 1 minute; respond)
2. How does this passage connect to the whole of Scripture and/or the person of Jesus Christ?
(Read twice; silence for 2 minutes; respond)
3. What is the Holy Spirit’s invitation to you through this reading today?
(Read twice; silence for 5 minutes; respond)
However your reflection looks today, may the Holy Spirit speak to you through it.
Psalm 43 (NRSV)
I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
O magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me,
and delivered me from all my fears.
Look to him, and be radiant;
so your faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord,
and was saved from every trouble.
The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him,
and delivers them.
O taste and see that the Lord is good;
happy are those who take refuge in him.
O fear the Lord, you his holy ones,
for those who fear him have no want.
The young lions suffer want and hunger,
but those who seek the Lord
lack no good thing.
Come, O children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Which of you desires life,
and covets many days to enjoy good?
Keep your tongue from evil,
and your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil, and do good;
seek peace, and pursue it.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their cry.
The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
to cut off the remembrance of them
from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears,
and rescues them from all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,
and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord rescues them from them all.
He keeps all their bones;
not one of them will be broken.
Evil brings death to the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous
will be condemned.
The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him
will be condemned.