Deliverance – Psalm 34

            From what do you need deliverance? Fear? Illness? Enemy attacks? Torment? Torture? Persecution? Oppression? Sin? There are many things in this life from which we would like to be delivered. David felt the same way.

            Because of Saul’s attacks, David had to flee and hide. When he wrote this Psalm he was in hiding behind enemy lines and to do so he had to act insane. The story is found in I Samuel 21. David felt trapped; he felt alone, in need of deliverance, saving. He uses the words deliver, save, protect and redeem eight times.

            Vs 4 – I sought the Lord and He answered me;

                        He delivered me from all my foes.

            Vs 6 – This poor man called, and the Lord heard him

                        He saved him out of all his troubles.

            Vs 7 – The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,

                        And He delivers them.

            Vs 17 – The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;

                        He delivers them from all their troubles.

            Vs 18 – The Lord is close to the brokenhearted 

              And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

            Vs 19 – A righteous man may have many troubles

                        But the Lord delivers him from them all.

            Vs 20 – He protects all his bones

                        Not one of them will be broken.

            Vs 22 – The Lord redeems His servants;

                        No one will be condemned who takes refuge in Him.

            Where do you turn for deliverance? If you turn to man, he will fail you. But, if you turn to God, you will find rest and refuge. “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.” (vs 8)

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