“I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.” – Psalm 34:4-6
What is our first reaction when troubled by fears? When we start to worry about the future or about challenges we are facing, what do we do?
Do we allow those fears to linger in our mind? Do we think through what could go wrong and what might happen if it does?
Or do we look to the Lord? Do we seek Him and call out to Him?
The last thing the enemy wants us to do–and what we need to train ourselves to do–is to seek the Lord. Our first response should not be to follow our fears, but to look to the Lord and call out to Him.
“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to blot out their name from the earth.
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;
he protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken.
Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
The Lord will rescue his servants;
no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.” – Psalm 34:16-22
Reading through these verses it is important to remember that it is Christ that makes us righteous. We do not earn our righteousness in any way. By putting our trust in Him, confessing that He is Lord, and believing that God raised Him from the dead, we are given the righteousness of Christ.
Therefore, just as we can pray as a righteous person and expect our prayers to be powerful and effective, so too we can see ourselves as the righteous person in this Psalm. Read through those verses above again and see yourself as the righteous person because of the grace of God and work of Christ. “The eyes of the Lord are on you, and His ears are attentive to your cry…”
Because of Christ and through Christ we truly are righteous if we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and savior. There isn’t part of it that we do and Jesus does the rest. Jesus does it all. Both for our eternal salvation as well as how we stand before God right this very moment.
Rely fully on Christ and His righteousness. Don’t let the enemy trick you into evaluating your standing before God on anything except Christ’s perfect righteousness.
When fears assail you and troubles come, seek the Lord. Know that through Christ you are righteous and the Lord’s eyes are on you. He will deliver you from all your troubles.
“The Lord will rescue his servants;
no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.”
“My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus name.”