“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19)

Our God is one who delivers. He will deliver you from all your sorrows which you are facing today. Notice that in Tamil version, this verse says that God will 'stand and deliver.' He stands for the purpose of delivering you. So, you need not grieve over your sorrows.

The preface of this Psalm says "A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away and he departed". This indicates that David might have written this Psalm while he was in great agony and distress. On one side, Saul was hunting for David and on the other side, Abimelech who provided refuge doubted David.

So, a sorrowful situation arose for David in which he had to change his behaviour like a mad man and even in that situation, he strengthened others saying, “This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles” (Psalm 34:6).

Read this Psalm again and again. The 17th verse says, “The righteous cry out and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles” (Psalm 34:17) and the 15th verse says, “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are open to their cry.” God’s power of deliverance will definitely strengthen you. He will deliver and protect you from all evils.

Today, many families are distressed when the evils committed against them by the wicked are on the increase. They grieve when the breadwinner of the family becomes sick. They tremble when unexpected accidents occur. Further, many families get strangled in debt problems and they go even to the extent of resorting to suicide.

Do not get distressed during such situations. The grief should not carry you away from God. Catch hold of the promise “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” firmly and pray earnestly. God will definitely deliver you.

Dear children of God, great joy will definitely follow the tears. Is it not a routine that night is followed by day? Similarly, joy will follow your sorrow. Your tears will turn into great joy. Jesus said, “In the world, you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

To meditate: “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).