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Psalm 34: Delivered From Fear

PSALM 24-428th April 2020


Amid the current coronavirus pandemic, we all live with fear and uncertainty. How do we deal with fear? “I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears” (Ps 34:4). In this psalm, David expresses real fears. He was on the run from Saul, who was trying to murder him! Yet David points to three simple habits that help overcome fear
 
Praising God always: “I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips”. (v1). It was David’s pattern of life to praise God daily, whatever his circumstances. He was acknowledging God’s lordship over his life. Praise affirms that my circumstances are in His hands and He is with me in all that I am going through
 
Seeking God continually: “This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; He saved him out of all his troubles” (v6). David looked to God, who released him from all his fears. It’s easy for our fears to overwhelm us and rob us of the assurance that God loves us and wants the best for us. When we seek God, He hears us and responds, as He is not powerless to act
 
Finding refuge in God: “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him” (v8). David’s personal invitation is to taste and see that God is good. Our fears often tell us that the opposite is true for us. Fear tells us that God cannot be trusted and that He will abandon us. We can make God our secure refuge and not be afraid
 
This psalm helps us to see fear from a totally different perspective: “Fear the Lord, you His holy people, for those who fear Him lack Nothing” (v9)                                                      Parish Pump

PSALM 34-1

 
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