Psalm 34:11, “Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.”
THE PSALM 34 CHALLENGE – Day 11
You can join on any day – and memorize the Psalm at your own pace.
Today we add verse 11.

Psalm 34:11, “Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.”

Consider this: Three times, in verses 7 and 9, David encourages us to fear the LORD. Finally, in verse 11, he begins to teach us what that means. In verses, 12-16 David provides practical instruction that should guide the behavior of those who fear the LORD. Verses 11-16 are all connected as one subject.

We can break it down this way:

Lesson 1 (vs. 11) – We need to learn to fear the LORD
Lesson 2 (vs. 12) – If you want to live life to the fullest, pursue what is good
Lesson 3 (vs. 13) – If we fear the LORD, it will change the way we talk
Lesson 4 (vs. 14) – If we fear the LORD, it will change the way we live
Lesson 5 (vs. 15) – If we fear the LORD, He will hear our prayers
Lesson 6 (vs. 16) – The LORD is against those who refuse to fear the LORD

Lesson 1 (vs. 11) – We need to learn to fear the LORD

David realizes that the fear of the LORD must be taught. So he gathers young people around him and instructs them. This is an early example of discipleship training – where an older, more mature believer pours his or her life into the lives of younger believers. New Testament believers often call this the Timothy Principle. Paul writes to Timothy, his disciple, in 2 Timothy 2:2 and says: “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

The Timothy Principle encourages believers who are mature in the Word and in life to teach younger believers the truths of the Word of God. This is done verbally and by example and is meant to bring younger believers to full maturity so that they can teach others also. What has God taught you from His Word? What valuable lessons have you learned from life’s trials? How has God comforted you? These lessons are not meant for you to hoard, but to pass on to others.

Teaching the fear of the LORD starts in the home. David’s son, Solomon, wrote most of the book of Proverbs. He uses the phrase “my son,” over 20 times in the book, which is then followed by godly instruction. He also encourages parents: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

Deuteronomy 6:4 is known as the Shema, from the Hebrew word translated “hear.” It begins with a basic statement of faith: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5). It is critical to teach the upcoming generation these truths and this is underscored by these verses: “You shall teach (these words) diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).

Directed teaching is essential for Christian growth and it applies from childhood to adulthood. We must always remain learners – even if we are teachers.

Psalm 34:11, “Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.