Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 5, 2016

“The righteous cry, and the Lord hears And delivers them out of all their troubles.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm 34:15-22.

“15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
And His ears are open to their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
To cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the Lord hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones,
Not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked,
And those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.”  Psalm 34:15-22.

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We are assured that the LORD delivers the righteous out of all of their troubles or afflictions twice in today’s Scripture (verses 17 and 19) and one more time outside of today’s Scripture but within the same chapter (Psalm 34:6).  So, let us meditate and remember that focus of today’s Scripture.

We do not know how many troubles or afflictions that we will face or how the LORD will deliver us.  Too often, we set our hope on having no more troubles or afflictions.  But, we read that “Many are the afflictions of the righteous …”  Verse 19.  Too often, we have set our hope on the means by which we wanted the LORD to deliver us.  Very often, the LORD  uses other and often humble and unexpected means to deliver us, time and time again, so that we place our trust only in the LORD and not in ourself, our situation, or our preferred means of deliverance.  We trust that no matter how many troubles or afflictions that we face, the LORD will somehow deliver us out of them all.

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