Thursday, June 5, 2014

Psalm 34 “Deliverance from Trouble”

“Truth for Truckers” *March 4, 2014*  Psalm 34 “Deliverance from Trouble”

     This magnificent word from David focusing on God’s great ability to deliver His own in times of extreme difficulty and affliction is one of the best examples of how the Lord hears and provides relief for those of us who find ourselves in the middle of great troubles. The Hebrew term for deliverance appears time and again showing how God is able to bring His so great salvation to anyone who calls upon Him in Spirit and in Truth. ‘I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.’ (v.4)

     To be rescued from all the things that we fear is indeed a marvelous work which the LORD alone can perform. Only the God of the Bible can make this happen as He is the God of all flesh, and has authority over all the principalities and spiritual powers in the universe. Fear, then, is put to rest and canceled as one certain enemy of the soul by the heart-sent cry of a troubled soul to the God of heaven! Fear of death, fear of harm from our enemies, fear of sharing the faith with another troubled and lost soul all disappear in the presence of Almighty God!

     He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think and all we must do is call upon Him in faith, trusting Him to do what He already said He would. ‘This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. (v.6) The reference could well mean the salvation of the soul, but it also applies to those who are already children of God and find themselves in situations that seem to have no solution or likely way out. This is where the LORD shines through. He delights in delivering His own, especially those who, like David, give Him all the glory for bringing them through these troublous situations.

     In this Psalm David found himself in the hands of the enemy and faked insanity causing Abimelech the king to drive him away not wanting to be involved with someone who was obviously ‘beside himself’ or definitely crazy as we would say today. This same term is used in (v.7) ‘The angel of the LORD encamps round about them that fear Him, and delivers them.’ Here, the word indicates how we are delivered from trouble. The verse also shows that the fear of the Lord is the activator of His deliverance.

     But, just as the book of Hebrews affirms we do encounter angels unawares and they are ministering spirits sent to deliver God’s children when they encounter times of trouble and affliction from the enemy. Oh, the blessedness of the LORD’s salvation, He has provided all we need in time of trouble. ‘When the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of the LORD raises up a standard against it.’(Isaiah 59:19).

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