I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:
TO DELIVER ME FROM ALL MY FEARS
PSALM 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
David wrote this Psalm. According to the heading of this chapter, David wrote this following his experience with King Achish. It will speak of Abimelech, but this a title given to different Philistine kings. This particular king was Achish. I Samuel 21:10-15 records this particular experience that David had. What a learning experience! It is important to notice that David sought the Lord. That is probably why you are reading this devotional, and why you try to get into God’s Word every day. You are seeking the Lord.
* Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD….
You won’t find the Lord until you seek for Him with all your heart. That is exactly what David was doing here. I encourage all of us to do the same.
It is also encouraging to see that God heard David. That is still true by the way. God still hears us when we call Him. Even when we are acting crazy. (You need to read what happened in I Samuel 21 to understand that one) we might not always do right, be right, or act right. We might get confused, calloused, or crazy, but God still hears us. What a blessing.
Then we come to the best part. God heard, and then He delivered. In case you did not notice, the verse does not say that God delivered David from the experience. It does not say that God delivered David from the problem. It says that God delivered David from all David’s fears. You and I, as David did here, often fear things that will never take place. The problem is often not what causes us the most difficulty. It is usually our fear of the problem. Bible says that perfect love casteth out fear. Often Satan does not have to attack us with an actual problem, all he has to do to usually is to make us fear that there will be a problem. Our problems usually do not cause as much trouble for us as our fear did. You get the point.
Finally, it is interesting to me that his versus uses the phrase, “all my fears”. It is hard to ever find a really good place to use the word “all”. We often use it where we should not be using it.
When we are frustrated with someone we will say, “you always do that”. The truth is that they do not always do that, but we exaggerate. We will sometimes argue on our own behalf when accused of not doing something expected that “I make sure to do that all the time”. When in truth we do not do that all the time. Rarely is the word “all” an accurate term to use. But God’s Word is accurate and it is appropriate here. God can deliver us from all our fears. We still may have to go through certain circumstances, trials, and burdens, but God can deliver us from the fears that are associated with them. That is why David wrote these words:
Psalm 56:1 Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me. 2 Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High. 3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
I am persuaded that He is able to deliver me from all my fears!