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. – Psa. 34:19-20 NIV
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The foundation scripture for today’s devotional is the thirty fourth psalm of the bible whose authorship has been attributed to King David. The psalm which is said to have been written during one of his several difficult experiences and trial times begins with the revelation of King David of his decision to extol the Lord always. He has chosen to praise the Lord and glorify Him always, appealing to everyone including all those who are under one form of affliction or the other to also join him in praising the Lord – Psa. 34:1-3.
His reason for this life decision is the experience of positive intervention in his situation by the Lord when he was in distress and how the Lord removed all his fears – Psa. 34:4. He implored all those who are in similar situations to try the Lord and they will testify that He is good. This is because according to him;
- Those who call on the Lord always end up with radiant faces – Psa. 34:5a.
- Those who call on the Lord are never put to shame – Psa. 34:5b.
- Social or spiritual status is not a determinant as to whether the Lord will respond to a call by the one in distress or not. King David testimony about the Lord responding to his call despite his poor state is sufficient evidence to support this belief – Psa. 34:6.
- Those who successfully call on the Lord will always have the angel of the Lord encamping around them to provide protection and deliverance from all adverse situations – Psa. 34:7.
- There is the additional advantage of lacking nothing or never being poor, for those who have chosen the path of making Him a refuge, if they continue to live in fear of Him, after He has saved them from their trials. This will be the case even when the children of very hard-working and people of means are in lack – Psa. 34:9-10.
King David goes further to advise all who have been delivered from distress and are enjoying a life of provision and plenty due to their decison to fear Him to ensure that they aspire to live a righteous life so they can enjoy long life and good health. This they can do by;
- Avoiding speaking lies and living a life of deceit.
- Steering clear of all forms of evil and seeking to do good always.
- Seeking and pursuing peace at all times.
The main thrust of today’s devotion is the drawing of the attention of the Christian who is enjoying all these benefits of prosperity, long life and good health and has equally decided to live a righteous life, by King David, to the salient fact that the decision to live a righteous life will not insulate such from temptations and trials of life. In the reference scripture for today’s devotional, he makes it clear that such an individual, if anything, should expect many tribulations and afflictions like several other people who are not trying to live a righteous. Jesus Christ also seems to echo the same sentiment when during the last stages of his arrest and crucifixion, he made the disciples then and now aware that they will witness trials and tribulations in the world but they should always take consolation in the fact they he had already overcome – Jn. 16:33.
Although the living of a righteous or Christ-like life is not a guarantee for avoiding trials and tribulations in life, it is still advisable that the Christian should continue to aspire to live such a life as there can be no other life better than the righteous life. More so, because, it is in the nature of the Lord to be close to the broken hearted and the crushed in spirit, the Almighty is always near to offer help and if the one in distress is one who has been aspiring to live a righteous life, as defined in today’s foundation scripture, and calls out to the Lord during those times of affliction, the Lord will answer, and irrespective of the number of times that such a call is made, deliverance will come from the Lord – Psa. 34:17-20. The deliverance is such that he ensures that not a single bone of such a person is broken. Meanwhile, to the Lord, the wicked and the enemy of the righteous are considered the same, and he equally treats them the same way as He has evil reserved for both of them.
It should be obvious by now to the wise Christian that the Christian life is not an insurance against occurrence of trials and tribulations, if anything it may just be the beginning of greater trials but the consolation of the true Christian is the assurance of overcoming all, not because of his/her natural abilities but the super-natural support that becomes available due to living a righteous life. It is therefore better for the Christian to expect tribulations and trials as they seem to be a measure of closeness to the righteous standard that the Lord desires of his people.
However, the true evidence of such closeness will be the overcoming at the end. That is when the Christian can begin to rejoice as James, the brother of Jesus suggested – Jms. 1:2. May God grant us all the ability to live a righteous life so we can have testimony of victories in Jesus name. Amen.