Psalm 34:4-6

Psalm 34:4-6

Psa 34:4  “I sought the LORD, and he answered me;”

[Yes, Lord, in your faithfulness you answer: at the right time, in the right way, with the right means. You are trustable and because of that, worthy of praise and obedience. As I call, you are ready to answer.]

“he delivered me from all my fears.”

[This was not what I really wanted for an answer.  However, Lord, in your wisdom and grace,  you started on a much more foundational and inner level in order to bring an answer much bigger than my request. The troubles in my life had revealed these fears, and you want to deliver us from fear: fear of man, fear of the future, fear of loss, fear of humiliation, fear of suffering, fear of failure. You turn our eyes to you and as we gaze upon you, seeing you in your great power, your deep wisdom, your gracious compassion and your rich love, fear has no place to cling and falls away. You are the fear Killer, the freedom Bringer, the peace Giver. Praise be to you.]

Psa 34:5  “Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”

[Because you are faithful, powerful, wise and good, you always answer as we need. So we are never put to shame when we trust in you. As we look upon you, we are transformed more and more into your image, and as we bask in the light of your glory, we reflect that shininess to all those around us, the radiance of trust, peace and contentment in you.]

Psa 34:6 “This poor man called,”

[When I recognize my poverty of wisdom, strength and resources, when all my pretenses were gone, then I call to you all the more whole-heartedly, all the more earnestly. I am open, needy and know that I cannot trust in myself. I am in the position you desire so that you may act in wisdom and power. ]

“and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.”

[Then you act, then you save. You wait for us to come to the position of surrender and trust, seeing and embracing our weakness before you act to snatch us from the jaws of the dragon, to pluck us out of the fire, to surround and shelter us in the midst of turmoil.]

You, Lord God, our Triune King, our Super Shepherd, our Mighty Majesty, our Eternal God, hear and answer prayer wisely, powerfully, deeply and graciously. To you belongs all honor, all worship, all glory. May such flow to you from my heart, mind, mouth and life today.