Psalm 34 (June 22, 2011)

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 ESV)

The Lord Is A Warrior

David details his trust in God, who is a far better warrior than David ever was. David explains clearly that he relies upon God to deliver him out of all of his fears. David had plenty of reasons to be afraid, but he had a better reason not to be afraid. No matter who was hunting him, God himself was his defender. David describes himself as a poor man. You might think, “What? Wasn’t he the anointed one of Israel to take the throne over God’s people? How can he describe himself as a poor man?” Well, at this point in the life of David, he was very much destitute and alone. Saul was still on the throne and chasing David with an intent to kill him. David was hiding in caves and holes in the ground until the day of his ascent to the throne. David gives credit to God for his ascent to the throne from under the ground. Notice as well that David gives God credit for saving him out of his troubles, not from troubles. God delivered him out of his troubles, for they come to all of God’s people. David, this man after God’s own heart, acknowledges that troubles come, but the Lord is a deliverer for those who put their trust in him. Indeed, the angel of the Lord camps around the ones who fear God and delivers them! What a powerful image!

Hope in the Psalms

What problems are you facing today? What are you afraid of? What are you struggling with? Finances, employment, relationships, pressure, physical pain, stress, depression? Whatever your problems, this Psalm declares that God delivers his people from their fears.



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