Daily Devotion

Psalm 34:6

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 05 September 2017

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Psalm 34:6

This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

EXHORTATION:

David refers to himself as a “poor man”, as well as one with many “troubles”. Certainly, he was feeling helpless altogether. So he cried unto the Lord. We see him here as a mournful man before the Lord. How miserable it must have been for David to feel like a distressed, despondent derelict!

He could only “cry”! The Hebrew word for “cry” (qara’) is a very common word in the Old Testament which denotes a loud, intense shout. A man in great pain cannot help but cry out. Many such heartfelt cries of God’s people are recorded in the Bible. For instance, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David” (Matthew 20:30); “Lord, save me” (Matthew 14:30); “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13); “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom” (Luke 23:42). Many such stirring, earnest, irrepressible cries unto God became prevailing prayers.

A cry is not expected to be eloquent and impressive. It would certainly not sound soothing like a song. The cry of a man in great distress would be very disturbing to the hearer. It would rattle our hearts and grieve our minds. It ventilates the pain felt deep within the soul. It cannot hold back. It pleads its case at once; it cannot put off its request for another second. It calls out, “O Lord, help me, O deliver me from my troubles! I cannot bear them any longer!

David testifies to us that “the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles”. He who prays is poor and helpless, but he prays to the One who is rich in mercy and fully able to aid those who trust Him. David has already testified how God answered his cry in the preceding verses: “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed” (Psalm 34:4-5). What great testimony David bears to the blessing of prayer! He attributes his preservation and deliverance to his prayer, for he said, “and the LORD heard him”. Prayer gave him access to divine help in his misery. Prayer was an effectual means of support, as David testifies that “the LORD … saved him out of all his troubles.” May we also, like David, tell of His blessings we have received through our prayers, and thus magnify Him before others!