Monday, August 3, 2015

Psalm for Sunday, August 9, 2015


Psalm 34:  2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9  (Read) 

“Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.”

What does Jesus tell us to do in this week’s Gospel? “Whoever eats this bread [my flesh] will live forever.” (John 6:51)  However difficult Jesus’ words may have been for the Jews to accept (or for us), the psalmist is right when he says, “Blessed the man who takes refuge in Him.”  Where else would we turn when we are in distress?

The Psalm says, “When the afflicted man called out, 

the Lord heard, and from all his distress he saved him.”
Just as the Lord answered Elijah and delivered him 

from his despair (1st reading), so He delivers us from 
whatever has bogged us down spiritually.

The psalmist prays, “My soul will glory in the Lord,
that the poor may hear and be glad.”  The word poor 

is said to apply to one who depends completely on God
for his deliverance and his very life.  That’s where Elijah 

stood that day in the early stages of his long journey,
totally dependent on God for the strength to walk the 

walk that was planned for him (1 Kings 19:4-8).
And if the truth were to be known, that’s where we stand 

even today, when we are short of endurance
along our spiritual journey.

The psalmist recounts for us how he gained deliverance,
“I sought the Lord, who answered me, and delivered me 

from all my fears.”  Despite the anguish in the psalmist’s 
voice, there is also a powerful, joyful spirit – “Look to God 
that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not 
blush with shame.”

Where does our joy come from?  How do we obtain a 

joyful spirit?  It comes from repenting and returning to 
the Lord.  Only then can we be embraced by the Lord.
Having humbled ourselves before Him, confessed our

sins, He takes us back.

He watches for us each day, encouraging us.   

He reconciles us and restores us in a right relationship 
with the Father.  And He provides the inner strength and 
the nourishment we need to complete our own spiritual journey.


Discussion Questions for Reflection

1.  Our psalmist tells us how to obtain a joyful spirit, "Look to the Lord 

that you may be radiant with joy."  Describe how the Lord has given you 
inner joy in the course of relieving you from your afflictions.

2.  The Psalm says that the angel of the Lord 'encamps' around those 

who fear Him and delivers them.  Speak of how your faith has been 
a source of strength and deliverance in the face of difficulty or persecution.


  1. It can’t be much fun for the good Lord if the only time He hears from us is when we are in distress. Let’s all try to visit with Him in the good times, as well as bad, so He'll look forward to “all" of our visits!

  2. I meditated on Psalm 34:8, "Taste and see the goodness of the Lord." What does it mean to me ? Where else would I turn when I am in trouble?

    Lately a spiritual battle is going on inside of me. Satan urges me to sin, to get angry over my anxieties and to sin by not being patient and loving. On the other hand, Jesus is calling me to turn from evil and do good. With His unconditional love He keeps calling out "taste and see that I am good."

    Jesus is within me when I take His bread of life. That bread has the transforming power to make me a better person. I have experienced that He delivers me from whatever has afflicted me spiritually and physically. Yes, the goodness of the Lord provides me deliverance and puts a joyful spirit within me, even though I am still suffering physically.

    The Lord redeems me. And so my face will be radiant with joy because of being free from all my troubles and all my iniquities. My Soul will boast in the Lord. He makes me whole, urging me to be loving, kind, caring, and generous towards my neighbors. From now on I will be more attentive to the Holy Spirit's promptings in order to taste the goodness of the Lord.