Psalm 34:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 34:9, NIV: "Fear the LORD, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing."

Psalm 34:9, ESV: "Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack!"

Psalm 34:9, KJV: "O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him."

Psalm 34:9, NASB: "Fear the LORD, you His saints; For to those who fear Him there is no lack of anything."

Psalm 34:9, NLT: "Fear the LORD, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need."

Psalm 34:9, CSB: "You who are his holy ones, fear the Lord, for those who fear him lack nothing."

What does Psalm 34:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In this verse David calls upon the Lord's people: His "saints." As in the New Testament, the term "saint" refers to those who sincerely follow God. There is no special title of saint which makes one believer holier than others.

David calls on those who worship God to reverence and respect Him. This is the meaning of the term "fear," which implies submissive honor, rather than panic or horror. Believers need not dread God. He is their loving heavenly Father who cares for His children. However, believers should reverence God.

Jesus taught His disciples to address God as their Father and to say, "Father, hallowed be your name" (Luke 11:2). Jesus also taught believers to trust the heavenly Father to supply all their needs. He counseled us not to worry about material things, because "your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you" (Matthew 6:31–33).

Psalm 84:11 reinforces this idea of God's goodness and protection: "For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly."