Psalm 34:1-22 MSG

Psalm 34:1-22 MSG [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. [11] Come, children, listen closely; I’ll give you a lesson in God worship. [12] Who out there has a lust for life? Can’t wait each day to come upon beauty? [13] Guard your tongue from profanity, and no more lying through your teeth. [14] Turn your back on sin; do something good. Embrace peace—don’t let it get away! [15] God keeps an eye on his friends, his ears pick up every moan and groan. [16] God won’t put up with rebels; he’ll cull them from the pack. [17] Is anyone crying for help? God is listening, ready to rescue you. [18] If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath. [19] Disciples so often get into trouble; still, God is there every time. [20] He’s your bodyguard, shielding every bone; not even a finger gets broken. [21] The wicked commit slow suicide; they waste their lives hating the good. [22] God pays for each slave’s freedom; no one who runs to him loses out.

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