Day Four: Refuge and Deliverance

Psalm 34:4-10 (NIV)
4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.
8 Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the LORD, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.

Psalm 34:4-10 is the testimony of one who has experienced God’s rescue from fears. The rhythm of the psalm is undeniable – the person in trouble looks to the LORD for deliverance. It is crucial to note that they did not try to conquer their fears or achieve their own deliverance.

• What are the different ways the Psalmist describes the Lord in Psalm 34?
• What are the main “action words” of the supplicant in relation to the LORD?

Oftentimes, fear provokes in us a fight or flight response. The Bible urges us toward the correct option – run to the LORD. Are there areas of life where fears have caused you to fight or flee instead of trusting the LORD for his answer?

• Read through Psalm 34:4-10 again, but this time, aloud. Choose one or two verses to meditate upon, and then verbally speak them over our life.

In closing, let’s bring our whole lives before the Lord in worship to the song “In Christ Alone” (click here), by Passion.

– NB