Psalm 34:1-10 The Message
1 I bless God every chance I get; my lungs expand with his praise.
2 I live and breathe God;
if things aren’t going well, hear this and be happy:
3 Join me in spreading the news;
together let’s get the word out.
4 God met me more than halfway,
he freed me from my anxious fears.
5 Look at him; give him your warmest smile.
Never hide your feelings from him.
6 When I was desperate, I called out,
and God got me out of a tight spot.
7 God’s angel sets up a circle
of protection around us while we pray.
8 Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—
how good God is.
Blessed are you who run to him.
9 Worship God if you want the best;
worship opens doors to all his goodness.
10 Young lions on the prowl get hungry,
but God-seekers are full of God.
“The plan was put into effect when the evil villain, Lucifer, enslaved the citizens of the kingdom of earth through treachery and deceit. He usurped the authority of the rightful Ruler and set up his own rival government. The good Ruler sent His most skilled servants to try to recapture the occupied territory, but with few exceptions the villain seduced and defeated them. Finally, the Ruler sent His only Son, the rightful Prince, to invade Lucifer’s territory, free the captive subjects and retake the kingdom under the family banner.
But the battle tactics of the Son were odd, to say the least. In fact, the manner in which He fought seemed to insure defeat. At one point, when Lucifer had the Prince pinned, the Son merely yielded to the deathblow. All appeared lost and the people’s hearts fainted in despair. Little did they realize the best and final part of the plan was just about to go into play. It was called the resurrection, and it was the only battle tactic that could deliver the killing blow to the enemy and his hordes of evil rulers.” ~ Joni Eereckson Tada