He Delivers Them
Date: December 8, 2023
I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional.
B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Voice and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share
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B - Bible Verse (NIV): Psalm 34:17: "The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles."
L - Listen for God's Voice and Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, we come before you today with grateful hearts, knowing that when we cry out to You, You hear us. We bring our troubles, worries, and fears before Your loving presence. We ask that You grant us the wisdom and strength to trust in Your deliverance, just as this verse reminds us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
E - Explore the History and Meaning: This comforting verse that is found in the book of Psalms, is written by David, a shepherd who became the great King of Israel. David experienced numerous trials and tribulations in his life, yet he maintained a deep and abiding faith in the Lord. This particular verse emphasizes the assurance that the righteous, those who seek to follow God's ways, can call upon Him in times of trouble, and He will hear and deliver them.
S - Summarize and Share: This verse reminds us of the beautiful promise that when we, the righteous, call out to our Lord, He listens with a heart full of compassion. This verse has been a source of strength and encouragement for me throughout my life. There have been moments when I've felt overwhelmed by life's challenges, but then I remember that God is always near, ready to hear my cries and deliver me from my troubles.
The key to this verse is righteousness, not perfection. None of us are flawless, but when we earnestly seek to live in a manner that aligns with God's principles of love, kindness, and humility, we can have confidence that our pleas do not fall on deaf ears. Our Father in Heaven cares deeply for His children, and He is ever-ready to provide comfort and help in our times of need.
Just take a minute to think back on the many times you've called upon the Lord in prayer. Perhaps it was during an illness, a family crisis, or a season of uncertainty. In those moments, God's presence was real, wasn't it? His peace and assurance washed over you like a soothing balm, and you knew you were not alone.
So, as we embrace this verse, let's take comfort in the knowledge that we can cry out to our Heavenly Father at any time, knowing that He hears us and is actively working to deliver us from our troubles. As we face life's challenges, may we do so with the confidence that our God is a loving and attentive Father who is always near.
4 Bible Cross References:
Isaiah 41:10: "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Psalm 50:15: "And call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me."
Psalm 145:18: "The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth."
1 Peter 5:7: "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."