How can you love life and not be disappointed? How can you love life and not run the risk of being hurt? How can you love life when life is hard? Are there answers to these questions that you can trust? David, the warrior king, has those answers. In Psalm 34 David makes a passionate call to God’s people. His entreaty is tender, full of hope. Like his son, Solomon, he knows the seductive voice of the woman folly also calls out to Israel. In response, David’s says this in verse 11:
“Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.”
The king does not demand or scold. He reaches out his hand, as if to a little child, and says, “Come, I will teach you what it means to fear the Lord.” This is the king who was mighty in battle. He had rescued his father’s sheep from the wolf, the lion and the bear. Now, he extends his hand to you and says come with me to the place of safety.
His next words are surprising:
“Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.”
The love of life is usually a promise made by the enemies of truth. If you love God and are obedient to him, life will be anything but something to love. Fearing God and the love of life are contrasted as polar opposites by those who would distract you and your children from honoring God.