I want to encourage you to read all of Psalm 34 as it’s theme is that God pays attention to those who call on Him and praise Him, but when reading Psalm 34 today, verse 19 stood out to me. We often wish we could escape troubles – the pain of grief, loss, sorrow, and failure or even the small daily frustrations that constantly wear us down. God promises to be “close to the brokenhearted” and to be our source of power, courage, and wisdom, helping us through our problem. Sometimes he chooses to deliver us from those problems. When trouble strikes, don’t feel frustrated with God. Instead, admit that you need God’s help and thank him for being by your side.
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” Psalms 34:19
David is writing this Psalm as a form of worship to the Lord. David calls others to experience the goodness of the Lord in verse 8 when he says; “Taste and see that the Lord is good, how blessed is the man that takes refuge in Him!” Even among all of the wonderful praise that David gives the Lord in this Psalm, he still acknowledges that there are things that give him trouble. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous…” shows that David is aware of all of the things that are constantly present in this world that try to steal the joy of the Lord.
If we are honest with ourselves, we have to admit that there are times when small insignificant things steal our joy and pull us away from the Lord. It has been said before that admitting that there is a problem is the first step in overcoming the problem. David is admitting that there are constant problems in the world that cause us pain, distress and suffering. When we realize that these things exist in our lives, the solution to overcoming these things is much clearer. David’s solution is found in the second half of verse 19. “But the Lord delivers him out of all of them” shows that a true reliance on God’s power is the only way to fight against our afflictions. The things that cause pain, distress, and suffering will always be present in our world. The good news is that the solution will also always be present, and His name is Jesus Christ.
So what does this mean for you and I today? This Psalm tells me that I have a chance to win the battle over my afflictions. My own strength is worthless against the things that cause me pain, distress and suffering, but the strength of my Savior is powerful enough to remove any of the things that seek to cause me harm. As you go through your day today, pray that the Lord will make your afflictions known and deliver you from each and every one of them.
Remember that even when you feel weak, the Lord’s strength is still as mighty and powerful as it has ever been.