Scripture: Psalm 34:19
The promise: “The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.”
Observation: David, the author of this Psalm, recognizes that a person after God’s own heart may face many troubles and problems in life, but ultimately, the Lord will protect and reward them.
Application: Make a list of all the problems, fears, worries, and issues you have in your life right now.
(For real -- make a list. Get a piece of paper, open up a note in your phone -- whatever your list-making tool of choice is will work. I’ll wait.)
Did you do it? If not, do it now. This promise only speaks to our heart if we stop and truly reflect on it.
Take a look over your list. If it’s anything like mine, it’s filled with a few right-now problems, a few more long-term problems. Depending on the year (or the month or the week or even the day!), your list of problems may change, but two things never will:
- You’ll always have problems. (Sorry to give you the bad news first. Just keeping reading…)
- With God on your side, you will never be defeated by them.
David, the author of this Psalm, had a whole host of problems. This was the man who cheated on his wife and then, of course, there was that whole murdering someone thing. He had lots of issues, many of them which he caused himself. But, despite his (massive) shortcomings, he was righteous.
I love how the apostle Paul describes David. In Acts 13, Paul is talking to a group of people in Antioch, encouraging them as believers and sharing God’s faithfulness to the Israelites. As he traces the history of the Israelite people, he says this:
“But God removed Saul [the king the people had asked for] and replaced him with David, a man whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’” – Acts 13:22
David was a man after God’s own heart – even though he was a murderer, an adulterer, a liar. He messed up, he fell short, and he continually faced problems.
But despite his shortcomings, he pointed his heart towards God. In all of his troubles and struggles, he trusted God to get him through each one. The Lord rescued him each time.
And he rescues us, too.
When we trust in him, when we place our hope in who he is rather than who we are, when we faithfully allow him to lead us, he will rescue us – each time.
Now look back over that list of problems you made, and speak this truth over each one: God will rescue me from this.
Even the ones that seem overwhelmingly impossible – God will rescue me from this.
Prayer: God, I pray you’ll rescue me from each one of my problems. Help me keep my eyes and heart focused on you rather than on my circumstances. Amen.
Digging Deeper: Take a few minutes to memorize today's focus verse. Write it on a sticky note to put on your car dashboard or mirror, set it as the lock screen on your phone, say it aloud a few times throughout the day -- whatever will help make it stick.