Written by: Tim Wood
Our focus today is on Psalm 34:17-22. These verses teach us that the Lord will deliver us from all our troubles. We can count on God to see us through life’s trying moments.
17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken.
21 Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue his servants;
no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.
There are several ways that David is exhibiting his trust in God. Trusting God is crying out to him and knowing that He hears (v.17). Trusting God is acknowledging His constant presence in your life (v.18). Trusting God is walking in His protection and care (v. 20). These are not promises with conditions attached to them; these are facts. God hears you. God is close to you. God protects you. God delivers you. Trust Him!
Being a Christ follower does not exempt us from trouble in life. Our hearts get broken. Our spirit gets crushed. “A righteous man may have many troubles” (can you say AMEN to that?). James wrote in his letter, “Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1:2-3). We can live in joy when we face trials because the LORD delivers us from all our trials. Every trial you face, every trouble you encounter, every time your heart is broken or your spirit crushed, the LORD will deliver you - all the time. Read verse 19 again, “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.” Do you trust God for your deliverance? Do you believe, down deep in your heart, that He will see you through? The Word says He will and I choose to believe His Word!
If we never faced difficult times in our life, our faith in God would never increase. It would always remain static. We face adversity in life and God proves His faithfulness to us. He delivers us. As a result, our faith in God increases. Trusting God is taking refuge in Him (v.22) and when we do, He delivers! Like the hymn says, “It’s so sweet to trust in Jesus, oh for grace to trust Him more.”
Let’s recap Psalm 34. David faced a confusing, fearful and troubling time in his life and he practiced the following principles: He praised the LORD (vv.1-3), He sought the LORD (vv.4-8), He feared the LORD (vv. 9-16) and He trusted the LORD (vv.17-22). May we do the same.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for delivering me from all my troubles. I know you are for me, with me and you hear me. I take refuge in you. In Jesus Name, AMEN.