Psalm 34:4 03/13/2009

Posted by Dave Clayton on

I’m not sure if any one verse has ever captured my heart for such an extended period of time as Psalm 34:4. I stumbled across this verse a little over a year ago, and I find myself quoting it nearly every day. I’m not sure why this verse has taken root in my heart the way that it has, but I know God has really encouraged, challenged, and even stretched me because of it.In this Psalm David makes a pretty simple statement that carries profound significance:

“I sought the Lord, and He answered me. He delivered me, from all of my fears.” - Psalm 34:4

Over the last year I have really digested this verse, torn it apart, questioned it, believed it, and even recently experienced it.

I found myself about a year ago asking the question, “if I really seek God with the deepest questions of my heart, will he answer me?”

This was tough for me. From a cognitive standpoint, I could answer the question easily, “well of course God answers us.” But I started thinking “if this is something I really believe, how come I so rarely take the deepest questions of my heart to God?” I realized that my actions were uncovering what I really believed. Our beliefs always directly affect our actions. For example, I believe that when our stove is turned on…it is hot, so therefore I don’t touch it. Ever. Because I truly believe it will cause me great pain, I am never tempted to place my hand on the glowing red eye.

I know that sounds simplistic, but when we start honestly looking at the things we do, we begin the process of truly discovering the things we believe.

So my question for you is do you believe this verse?

Do you believe God will answer the deepest questions of your heart if you ask him? Do you believe that He alone will deliver you from your deepest fears?

Over the last year God has taught me a lot through this simple line of poetry in the Psalms. I pray that you will wrestle with this verse in ways that matter, and that in a few hours, days, weeks, months, or maybe even years you will come to believe that God not only cares about the deepest questions of your heart but that will answer them, and in the process He will help you overcome your deepest fears. Have a great Saturday.

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