Psalm 34:12, “Who is the man who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good?”
THE PSALM 34 CHALLENGE – Day 12
You can join on any day – and memorize the Psalm at your own pace.
Today we add verse 12.

Psalm 34:12, “Who is the man who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good?”

Lesson 2 (vs. 12) – If you want to live life to the fullest, pursue what is good!

Consider this: David was in the middle of one of the greatest challenges of his life. He was hated, mistreated, persecuted, and rejected. How is a believer supposed to respond to such evil? When you’re backed into a corner like this it is easy to want to fight back. But we read in 1 Peter 3:9 that we are to live – “not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9 is the answer to David’s question in Psalm 34:12.

A person who lives as Peter describes is a person who lives life to the fullest. He has overcome his natural tendency to fight back and hurl insults at others. Britain’s wartime leader, Winston Churchill, was well known for his insults. Some think he met his match in Lady Nancy Astor. One famous encounter went like this: Lady Nancy Astor said, “Winston, if you were my husband, I’d poison your tea!” Returning insult for insult, Winston Churchill replied, “Nancy, if I were your husband, I’d drink it!” The blessing of God comes to those who bless, rather than curse, one another.

Years ago we had a beautiful, tri-color Shetland sheepdog that we named, Shellie the Sheltie. She had an amazing temperament. During her training period, I would sometimes get frustrated and bark out a command to her like “Sit!” I know that if I had ever spoken to my children in a loud voice like that, they would have cried. But Shellie would comply with my command. She never barked back at me. Instead, she would sit, and then shimmy over to me and lick my hand. It melted my heart. She conquered me by her act of kindness. The LORD taught me a valuable lesson through my Sheltie. It is a lesson that certainly has not been perfected in my life. My response to evil people should not be retaliatory. Instead, I should “lick their hand” (obviously not literally) showing kindness; returning good for evil, and blessing for cursing.

God promises that we will inherit a blessing if we live our life like that – pursuing what is good; acting in the same way Jesus responded to His enemies. We should wake up in the morning each day with the desire to live life to the fullest. Not the kind of life that is lived out for oneself, but a life lived out for the glory of God. As the Psalm suggests we start with praise and live in dependence upon the LORD. The LORD hears and answers our prayers and we see Him actively involved in our lives. And as a result, we are changed from those who insult others to those who bless all.

I’ve shared stories of how God has been actively at work in our lives. When I see His imprint on my day it makes me desire to continue living and I’d love to have many more days like that. It is exhilarating to see the LORD at work in my life, and I know you feel the same when you see Him personally involved in your life. I want every day to be like that so that I might see the goodness of God. If I want to live life to the fullest, then I need to pursue what the LORD says is good. We’ll learn what that is in the next verses!

Psalm 34:12, “Who is the man who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good?”