“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.”
When I last checked, my Facebook page listed 219 friends. I will admit to you that some of those friends I don’t talk to very often. Some I may just keep up with from time to time on Facebook. How many close friends do you have? Friends, that with just a phone call would be there for you when you need them? Friends that you can truly count on? I hope you have a few friends like this in your life. Psalm 34 may have been a dark time in the life of David. He is fleeing from King Saul who is trying to kill him and he flees to the city of Gath. David would not have been a very popular person in this city, as we notice in lesson one. In our reading today, David speaks about the One (that is the LORD) in whom we can truly count on - who hears us (34:1, 6). He also speaks of the One we can trust and depend on (34:5, 7). Who do we turn to in times of trouble and distress? We are reminded of the faithfulness of the Lord, He is our deliverer. The Lord is close to each of us and He is One we can count on. Yes the Lord knows our past. He knows our sin. He knows our regrets and shames. In knowing all this He chooses to love us (John 3:16), to not turn us away. And He chooses to deliver us from our fears and sins.
1. Reflect back on the Lord’s faithfulness and thank Him for delivering us from our sins and fears.
2. Do I trust the Lord? Consider where I turn in my times of trouble. Do I turn to the Lord or do I seek to escape through substances and relationships?
3. Be thankful for true friendships and those who encourage us in the Lord. You may want to send a text message to let someone know how much you appreciate their friendship.
Psalm 34 - A Devotional Guide, Steve Ellis
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.