Psalm 34

Key Idea: The Power of Prayer

Summary: What a beautiful day!! I can’t wait to run outside and enjoy the sun and cool breeze. I have my list made out for the day and am hoping to run to Vera Bradley and pick up a free gift to the first 50 who stop by the store. If you see a flash of lightning, that may be me trying to get to the store. Ha!!

We’ve started a new section on prayer. Last week’s topic was on how prayer can help in turning our fears into faith.

We took some time to share our legacy of prayer. Though not all of us grew up in Christian homes many were impacted by those around us who prayed. I shared a story of my mom who prayed for protection over my sister and I when we moved into the projects of Chicago. As a young single mom, she had to work and was afraid for us, so she prayed that God would watch over us when she could not.

As I look back over those years, I can see evidence of a God who answers prayer!!!

Psalm 34 is a beautiful song of praise to God. In this psalm David recounts how God delivered him from all his fears.

“I sought the LORD and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (v.4)

The story behind this psalm is the story of when David ran from the King once it was confirmed that Saul had intentions of killing him. He took off in fear without food and weapons and hid in the land of his enemies, the land of Gath. He had hoped to hide there in anonymity, but it was soon discovered that David who killed Goliath and thousands of Philistines was hiding in their midst. Surely the people of Gath would seek their revenge. When word got out, David felt as though he had fled into a trap and there was no escape. His only escape was to act as though he were mad, and therefore posed no threat! David was chased out of Gath by the people and delivered by God from their hands!

“This poor man,” David writes," had cried and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.” (v.6)

This is the testimony of David. He cried out to God in his fear and took his fearful thoughts and turned them into prayers.

“O taste and see that the LORD is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”

This is our challenge, to take our needy moments and turn them into prayers.

LORD, your word says that a person is blessed who puts their hope in you, and to those who fear You, there is no want. (v.8-9) Help us in transforming our fears into prayers of faith. Help us in seeking you in the midst of our troubles, so that we can boldly say…”The LORD has delivered me. Praise His wonderful name and let us exalt His name together.” (v.3)

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