I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
As I began working on this article for the November issue of the Messenger, it was mid-October. Everything was still much as it had been. Covid19 was still very much in the news and cases were rising once again. The political rhetoric and the incessant political ads were still front and center. Tension was building as election day draws ever nearer, and the stressors of life continued to come in seemingly unending fashion. It was and is a day of uncertainty just as most of this year has been. Many are fearful of what the future holds in store and are apprehensive about things ever returning to normal, whatever normal is.
As I considered what to write, it occurred to me that my words and opinions are not really all that important right now, and they carry little weight or influence. But, there is a word for today that is very important and it comes from the most important and influential person there is. His Word is truth and, it offers hope to all who know Him. To those who are fearful today and are struggling, please hear His Word and be strengthened and encouraged by it. Notice especially the bolded passages in the following text.
Psalm 34:1-22 (KJV) A Psalm of David
1 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. 3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. 5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. 6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. 8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. 9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. 10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. 11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. 12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? 13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. 14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. 15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. 16 The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. 17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. 18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. 20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. 21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate. 22 The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate. (emphasis mine)
Regardless of how things look now, don’t be fearful. God is still God and is on His throne ruling and reigning over all His creation. He knows where you are, what you are going through, and what you need. Trust Him!
I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from ALL my fears . . . Ps. 34:4 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of ALL their troubles . . . Ps. 34:17 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them ALL. Ps. 34:19 (emphasis mine)
Remember all God’s blessings upon you and your family as you go through this Thanksgiving season. We are too blessed to be stressed. As David so eloquently said in Psalm 103:1-2, “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”
Thank God for all your blessings and give Him praise!
Working Together in His Service,
Roy Pr. 3:5-6