Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good? – Psalm 34:11-12
Come – listen – learn – live! It is amazing what practical riches can be found in one or two verses of Scripture. Here David, as an inspired prophet, speaks God’s heart and His own words for us personally. “Come and listen to me-I will teach you.”
What an invitation and what a promise. Learning continually to come to the Lord, to not leave Him out of anything in our lives on any given day, to always be coming to Him in abiding trust and communion. We don’t just come to Christ one time when we are saved; since He is with us and IN us (Christ in you, the hope of glory), then we are to abide in coming to, drawing upon, and communing with Christ all the time.
But the Lord must regularly remind us– “Hey, here I am, come, O children” – we are thus always summoned to be coming. Daily can we not hear that summons when we rise to meet the day, like a heavenly alarm clock, calling us to daily come.
O, the blessedness of simply coming, having the Lord ever before us, in our thoughts, on our minds, in our abiding ejaculatory prayers throughout the day, ever coming to the blessed Lord Jesus. In this passage, His heart calls in longing and love for us to be coming.
But what are we to do when we come? LISTEN. He says here, “Listen to me.” Listening, learning to listen. We are far too quick to speak and slower to listen. But we must become seasoned and experienced listeners. Scripture says, “Be quick to hear and slow to speak.” As we cultivate the art of listening, amazing things happen.
When the Psalmist speaks here about listening, he is not so much directing us toward a morning quiet time or our trying to hear somehow mystically God’s still, small voice. Rather he is pointing to a manner of life that we walk in where we are desiring to know God’s ways in all things, listening to truth, listening to learn God’s ways in everything. We must cultivate a hearing, listening ear, because the main reality God would teach us as listeners is the major thing- the fear of the Lord.
“I will teach you the fear of the Lord”; We are to come and listen, and if we do, God promises with certainty that we will be taught the fear of the Lord.
And what person is there, if they are a Christian, that doesn’t want that? David expresses it this way, “What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good?” We indeed are to not love this world and are to be loosely attached to the things of this world. Yet here we are called to desire life and love our days, that we might see good. As long as you are alive, why not love life and see good days?
This passage calls us to several realities that must be cultivated and become our mind set and experience — coming to Him, listening, learning, being taught His fear, then loving life, and seeing good days. What Christian doesn’t want all of that? We should, we must, we can, and just think of the joy that will result from all of it.
“Come, O children, listen to Me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord; desire life and see good days.” Wonderful – what religion in the world except Christianity even offers such reality, such experience, and such fulfillment? Only a living relationship with the living Christ can fulfill Psalm 34:1-2. So go get it!
– Mack Tomlinson