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“Delivered” - April 21, 2020

 “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4

Sometimes the best encouragement comes from someone who has been where you are but now is on the other side.  A young child may fear crossing over a ditch but the encouragement of her friends already on the other side may just make the difference. 

As of yet we have no real parallel experience for our enduring Covid-19 conditions but we do have the encouragement of the poet in Psalm 34.  He speaks from the other side of trouble, affliction, poverty, weakness and fear.  The personal knowledge of these realities recalled from the poet’s past gives him some credibility in his call for others to praise God.

The poet’s witness and subsequent calls to seek the Lord and even praise him can serve as a great encouragement to us, holding out hope for deliverance and a vision of joining with the poet in seeing and tasting the goodness of the Lord.  It’s the same seeing and tasting we do when we celebrate a communion meal with Jesus.

As the poet speaks from the other side he reminds us “that the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (v.18).” That truth bolsters our trust in God and even allows us now already to step outside our present circumstances and join the poet in praise. 

PRAYER ENCOURAGEMENT:  Lord, help us to seek you and find our ultimate joy in you and your rescue through Jesus.  We know that your care and deliverance extend into all circumstances.  For this truth, we praise you. In Your name, Amen.

**Click on the following and take the time to “pray” through this lively version of Psalm 34 by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfW2mkkMTAg
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