“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul will make its boast in the Lord; The humble will hear it and rejoice. O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces will 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 rescues them. O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! O fear the Lord, you His saints; For to those who fear Him there is no want. The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing. Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Who is the man who desires life And loves length of days that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil And your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry. The face of the Lord is against evildoers, To cut off the memory of them from the earth. The righteous cry, and the Lord hears And delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones, Not one of them is broken. Evil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous will be condemned. The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.”
Psalms 34:1-22 NASB1995
As we read through Psalm 34, we see the assurance of God’s protection and deliverance at every turn. Charles Spurgeon writes, “It is well to mark our mercies with well-carved memorials,” and David remembers God’s goodness with unbridled joy. Verses 1-3 are filled with general praise, while verses 4-7 offer both personal and corporate examples of God as our deliverer. In verses 8-11, David again details the blessings of God’s provision and protection, and the wisdom of verses 11-14 reminds us that following God is always worth it. From verses 15-21, we again see specific remembrances of ways God delivers and saves His people, but we see the ultimate deliverance and redemption in verse 22 with an eternal perspective of God’s final salvation of His children from sin and condemnation. God may not deliver us immediately in a physical sense, as the lives of the martyrs prove, but He will always redeem His children with life forever with Him.
-How does the assurance that God is my eternal deliverer help me deal with my daily fears?
How can each of these help us find confidence in God when we are afraid?
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