Psalm 34:7

WEDNESDAY

NAU Psalm 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them.

NIV Psalm 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.

KJV Psalm 34:7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

Those who are afflicted have supernatural protection – none other than the Angel of the Lord is their protector. When it says that He encamps around the afflicted, the Hebrew tells us that He is surrounding or encircling them. God is never far from those in need. He is overseeing their welfare – even when we feel alone and abandoned in our troubles.

But not only does the Angel of the Lord surround the afflicted, He delivers them from their troubles. It does not say when He delivers, only that He is there surrounding them and coming at the most opportune time to their rescue.

And one more thought. This is a confidence that is limited only to those who follow the truth about God. While earlier the Psalm’s statements are directed in general to those who are afflicted, verse 7 gives us a qualifier – those who fear! Do you remember a few months back when we looked at the Fear of the Lord? The Hebrew word meant one who is afraid and who reverences. That Hebrew word is used here. Only those who follow God in truth are those who truly fear Him.

This verse shows the care and concern that God has for His people. It is a verse of comfort in the midst of distressing times.

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