Psalm 34:4-6

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NAU Psalm 34:4 I sought the LORD, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. 5 They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces will never be ashamed. 6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him And saved him out of all his troubles.

NIV Psalm 34:4 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.

KJV Psalm 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. 5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. 6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

The humble man seeks the Lord, ESPECIALLY when he is in desperate need.  Many times in America, when we come up against difficult times, we redouble our efforts being guided by the axiom – ‘The Lord helps those who help themselves’. I have heard this cited as a Proverb but have searched the Bible in vain to find it referenced as revelation from God.

When we seek the Lord when afflicted, He comes to our aid. In verse 4 He hears our cry and delivers us from our fears – something we cannot do especially in our hour of deepest need. In verse 5, those who seek the Lord when afflicted are never ashamed and are even expressing joy in the knowledge of God’s care for them.  In verse 6, when the afflicted cry out to the Lord, He hears them and saves them from their affliction.

We seek, we cry. God hears and God saves. Rather than being left on our own, God desires humble dependence upon Him.

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