In Psalm 34 we read that the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and His ears are open to their cry. In his first letter, Peter quotes these words (1 Peter 3:12) and makes clear that they are a means of blessing for us – even though we know we are sinners and undeserving to be called righteous.
Here’s how we receive the blessing: Jesus is the Righteous One. It is to Him that these words first and foremost apply. David was a prophet and knew that God had promised to one day seat a descendant of his upon his throne. Therefore, he looked ahead and wrote of the Messiah (Acts 2:30-31). Therefore, the eyes of the Lord were upon Jesus and God’s ears were open to His cry. Indeed in the days of His flesh, Jesus cried with loud crying and tears that He might be saved from death…and was heard because of His piety (Hebrews 5:7). Thus He was raised from the dead, never to die again (Romans 6:9).
Jesus was raised all the way to heaven and named Lord (Psalm 110:1). Now therefore He is the Lord of Psalm 34:15. We are the righteous by virtue of belonging to Him. Thus He hears our cry. He is the one who has made a way for us to be beneficiaries of this promise. Thus, Peter says we “inherit” this blessing (1 Peter 3:9). Indeed, all the promises of God are ours in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20). Jesus received these promises by being a descendant of Abraham and David according to the flesh (Matthew 1:1); we receive them by belonging to Him (Galatians 3:29).
To summarize: see where Jesus fulfills prophecy as a man, understand that Jesus has now changed places and become Lord, and call upon Him as Lord while you take His place in the promise as human being.
Further to the point, here is an addendum to this post.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.