This week we’re continuing through Psalm 34. Last week, we saw how David always found a reason to praise the Lord. And as we keep reading, we see David praise God specifically for deliverance from his fears.
“I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.” (Psalm 34:4-7)
When David wrote this psalm, his deliverance hadn’t happened yet. He was still on the run from Saul, a mighty king who was filled with murderous rage toward David. And yet, David trusted the Lord to deliver Him either in life or in death.
David gives us both an example and an encouragement when we’re waiting for deliverance from our troubles. As an example, David takes his fears to the Lord. He runs to God with his troubles. He seeks the Lord, looks to Him, cries out to Him, and lives in His presence.
David also gives us encouragement as we see that the Lord hears, answers, and delivers him. God sees our troubles and is not deaf to our prayers when we cry out to Him. Verse 17 tells us that God’s eyes and ears are focused on us. He knows every struggle we face.
God knows, and He rescues. We can count on the Lord to deliver us. Not only does God deliver every once in awhile, but God rescues from all our fears (Psalm 34:4). Our heavenly Father is more powerful than any enemy we face—even death.
When we cry out to the Lord, when our hope of deliverance is in Him, we will radiate His joy and peace. Our “faces shall never be ashamed” because hope that is grounded in God’s promises will never disappoint. Our troubles may not vanish, but the Lord is our Savior and Deliverer—either today or on the day we see Him face-to-face.
No matter what you face this week, the Lord hears you and delivers you.
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