“I sought the Lord, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces will never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him And saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them.” - Psalm 34: 4-7
When we think of who God is, we can easily feel like we are too insignificant to bother Him. He’s known as the creator of everything we can see and even the things we can’t see! Realizing this, we can make the mistake of believing God has other things to tend to; things that are bigger and more important than just us. Oddly enough, we should feel small when we think of God, it should humble us:
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7
God is mighty and we should be humbled at the thought of Him, but that humility should drive us to Him, not from Him. This is why Peter said, after humbling ourselves under his mighty hand, that we should cast all of our anxiety on Him – why? – “because He cares for you.” Did you get that? God cares for you! So much so that he even keeps count of all your tears (Psalm 56:8).
There is no fear, no shame, no amount of trouble that we could ever have that is beyond the reach of our God who saves. I know there are many things in our past, in our lives today, or even in the future that we may have gotten ourselves into trouble or are ashamed of or even fear, but the Psalmist says that He “sought the Lord.” Yesterday we saw that seeking the Lord should be done with a surrendered heart and when the Psalmist did this, God answered. Not only did He answer, but He delivered him from his fears.
In conclusion, take some time to read and reflect on the following questions:
- What’s heavy on your heart that you need to bring to the Lord today? SeePsalm 34:15-18
- Is there a situation or person that you have given up on praying for? Take some time and pray about that person/situation. See Luke 18:1-8
- How has God previously moved in your life in a difficult situation? See Psalm 77:11-12