It’s been one of my life’s great joys to exegete Psalm 34 here on Things Above Us. Perhaps, to our readers, that will seem like an overreaching comment. I assure you it is not. It was weeks of writing, months of reading and research (which was a joy), a Sunday sermon, and a lifetime in the making.
I lead a Bible study in my church called The Brokenhearted based on verse 18 of my beloved Psalm. The Brokenhearted are those believers among us who have suffered in an extraordinary way. Here’s what we mean when we say that: All believers will suffer, and to an extent all people will suffer. We will all lose jobs, most of us will bury our parents, our children will misbehave. But not all of us bury our children. Not all of us HAVE children, despite desperately wanting them. Not all of us have a spouse who is saved. Those people in those categories are “The Brokenhearted”.
As I mentioned in my last article, I am one of the Brokenhearted. So to write through a Psalm I’ve gone to again and again, often through many tears, was in many ways the fulfillment of a life long process. I’m proud of the work and I’m glad I took the time. What I’m also glad for is I was given the opportunity to preach through the Psalm last summer. I want to share that sermon with you today in what will be the final post as we bid farewell to this magnificent part of the Old Testament.