Psalm 34:6 “This poor man cried out,
and the LORD heard him,
and saved him out of all his troubles.”
THE PSALM 34 CHALLENGE – Day 6
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Today we add verse 6.

Psalm 34:6 “This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.”

Consider this: “Save me!” “Help me!” “Deliver me!” and “O Lord!” are cries that flow naturally from the lips of believers who are in trouble (check out these phrases in the Bible). These words come from the depths of our hearts and the urgency of our deepest needs. It’s not a flowery, well-rehearsed prayer. It’s the shout for help; the call for salvation; the groan in one’s anguish. These are crisis prayers to the LORD.

And they are well-placed since: “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry” (Psalm 34:15), and “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

The picture I’ve chosen today is entitled “Grace” by Eric Enstrom. As a young boy, I was impressed by this picture hanging in my grandparent’s home. I was attracted by the simplicity of the scene. It reminds me that Jesus taught us not to be troubled – not to worry – about food or clothing because He knows what we need and will provide. Paul wrote: “And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” (1 Timothy 6:8).

David’s troubles were real. He was the anointed King, yet he was rejected. He left Israel in a hurry and with nothing. He was completely dependent upon God. He was in enemy territory and his life was threatened by Saul and by his enemies. In these early days of David’s life, he quickly learned the lesson that the Lord hears his desperate cry and saves him out of all his troubles. Decades later he would write: “I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread” (Psalm 37:25).

I agree with David. During my 40 years of service to the Lord I have often cried out to Him in my need and He always answers – sometimes within seconds and sometimes the answer is delayed by a decade or longer. But God faithfully answers and saves me out of all my troubles. He who promised to provide food and covering has always done so. He who opens His hand and satisfies the desire of every living thing has never forgotten us. We have often prayed, “Lord, give us this day our daily bread” and we have seen the Lord’s gracious provision.

I often cry out to the Lord for my children during the day. They come to mind and I simply cry out to the Lord to protect them, preserve them, and provide for them. I don’t put off these promptings to pray. I believe the Lord influences me to pray for them for some urgent need they are facing whether I know what it is or not.

One night, while working at the front desk of a local hotel, my daughter Marian Kodur, stared down the barrel of a gun pointed at her. The robber jumped over the counter and forced her into the backroom to rob the hotel of any cash on hand. As he was leaping over the counter she immediately cried out, and the LORD heard her and saved her out of all her troubles. The Lord protected her from physical harm and even death.

Two of my sons. Luke Robertson and David Robertson, left a friend’s apartment one night and walked across the street to their cars parked in a grocery store parking lot. While they stood by their cars talking, two hooded men approached them with guns drawn and robbed them. David’s silent prayer, “Lord, save me!” was heard by the LORD and He delivered them from all their troubles. Stolen items yes – but God preserved their lives. Luke wrote “very thankful to be alive! God definitely protected both David and me as we got robbed at gunpoint.”

My daughter, Christine Robertson, was working at the drive-through window at KFC one night when a customer drove up, got his chicken meal, and pulled out a gun to rob the store. She cried out to the Lord! Later that night she posted: “‘In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you’ (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Thankful to be alive today. Wouldn’t be here tonight without God watching over me.”

In your troubles today, cry out to the Lord. He is paying attention to every detail of your life and every need you have. The LORD hears and delivers us out of all our troubles. We have learned through all of our past troubles “that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful” (James 5:11).

Psalm 34:6 “This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.”