The Evangelistic Psalm

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 34:1-22 Someone has said, “Evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.” How true! This psalm is evangelistic because it is full of invitations. There is the invitation:

  1. To praise (v. 3). Evangelism is not only an invitation to escape separation from God; it is entry into a life of joint exuberant praise.
  2. To experience (v. 8). Doctrine is important. It tells us how good the bread is. But we must eat the bread. We must experience life with Christ.
  3. To reverence (v. 9). Fear in the Bible does not mean “quaking in our boots,” but having the highest respect and regard for God.
  4. To learn (v. 11). The great Bishop Augustine said that the invitation “come” is missing in all the philosophies he studied. Here we are invited to listen to God and learn.
  5. To turn from evil and do good (vv. 12-14). Even though the righteous are oppressed, the Lord supports and saves them.
  6. To escape condemnation and be free (v. 22). The key invitation is “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

Father, work in the hearts of all of us that we may respond to your wonderful invitations. Amen.