Psalms 34:4, 6, 15, 17, 19
Have you ever felt that God does not hear your prayer, or see what you going through; or that God will not deliver you from those things that trouble you? Well we have, here in Psalms 34, a personal testimony by King David, a man after God’s own heart, who assures us that God does hear, He does see, and He does deliver.
1. God Hears:
(Psalms 34:4) “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” David says he sought the Lord (to search for and find someone or something; be after, hunt for). How is it that David sought the Lord?
It is by Persistent Prayer; “and He heard me.” Prayer, and being consistent in prayer, is how we seek after God. A good example of this Persistence in Prayer is given as an example in the Gospel Luke 18:1-8, of the importunate widow and the judge. The widow, with persistence, went to the judge asking to be avenged of her adversary. And he would not, for a while, grant this widow her petition. But Luke 18:5 says, “Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.” Her persistence in asking the judge to avenge her is how she got her petition granted. Another example is given in Genesis 32:24-30, where Jacob wrestled with God until the breaking of the next day. Jacob would not let the man go until he blessed him. We, as the people of God, sometimes have to persist, seek after, and wrestle with God until He blesses us, or delivers us.
Another key element for us, as the children of God, is that we must have Fear (reverential fear) of the Lord, “O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him” (Psalms 34:9).
A third key element is Trust. We have to trust that God knows what He is doing. Setting our hearts to say, “Thy will be done.” We especially have to trust God in those silent moments when we cannot hear God speaking. “They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed” (Psalms 34:5). We can take solace in those difficult times knowing that we have a God, a heavenly Father, that cares about His children.
2. God Saves:
(Psalms 34:6) “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.” Here in verse 6, David tells us “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved (delivered) him out of all his troubles”.
3. God Sees:
(Psalms 34:15) “The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.” Don’t ever give thought that God does not hear or see you, Child of God – because He does. He is concerned about you. David says in (Psalms 37:25) “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
What is David saying to us, Child of God? He is saying that in all his years of living, God has taken care of those that are His. God wants to interact in the lives of those who have a heart towards Him. (2 Chronicles 16:9) “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…” God wants our whole heart. After all, He did say that He would never leave us nor forsake us. Now isn’t that something to rejoice about?
4. God Delivers:
(Psalms 34:17) “The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.”
(Psalms 34:19) “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”
We can take refuge in God, knowing that He is our Help, our Deliverer, and our Provider. Don’t give up on Him, because He will not give up on you. He is able; for He is Faithful.