by: Wesley Thomas
Verse of the Day, March 20, 2020
Psalm 34:17 CSB "The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and rescues them from all their troubles."
Two types of fear exist within our hearts. Unhealthy fear produces anxiety and even panic about uncertainty. Unhealthy fear chooses us. Healthy fear is a choice to stand in awe of God's control of our situation (worship). We have to choose Healthy fear.
When faced with fear and uncertainty, King David meditated on God’s past faithfulness. God’s previous deliverances calmed David’s fear of his present troubles. David calls his companions to “Magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt HIs name together” (Ps 34:30). This morning, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and its aftermath, let claim and proclaim God's faithfulness. Our Lord will calm our fears and deliver us. Let's pray in unison (Psalm 34:15, 4, 6, 7, 9, 17, 18, 19; NASB95).
Lord, we know you see our need, and we praise you for hearing our cry: “The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry” (15). Lord, as I face the fears of this pandemic, I am reassured, when I remember past times of fear: “I sought the Lord, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles" (4, 6).
As uncertainty fuels my fears, I will trust you, because “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear (honor) Him, and rescues them” (7). Lord, we pray, in one voice. We are confident that you are intervening and will continue to intervene and save us: “O fear the Lord, you His saints; for to those who fear Him there is no want (9). This morning our fear is replaced with faith, because “The righteous cry and the Lord hears And delivers them out of all their troubles” (17).
Lord, we have never before faced a national enemy like COVID 19, but we know “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all” (18–19). In Jesus' name, Amen.
Psalm 34 gives us two ways to relieve our fears. (1) We should stay focused on God’s goodness. (2) We should stay busy teaching others of God's faithfulness. “O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! . . . Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord” (Psalm 34:8, 11).