19Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
20He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
21Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
22The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.
Psalm 34:19-22, KJV
David summarizes Psalm 34 in a few simple words: The Lord redeems the soul of His servants (NKJV). Due to their familiarity, it is easy to take these words for granted, but they are the very essence of our faith.
Do Christians face afflictions? Yes! Are Christians undone by these afflictions? No! Even in the depths of our darkest hours, we are comforted in the hope we have in the Lord Jesus Christ. Even if our afflictions lead to death, the Lord delivers us! How can that be true?
Death is not the end; it is only the end of life on this earth as we know it. Our greatest delivery of all comes when God takes us from this world and brings us into His courts above, where afflictions and despair will be banished forever.
This certainly helps us to put our priorities in order; our goal in this life is not to heap all of the treasures and glory upon ourselves that we are able to heap in the time we have. Our goal is to honor and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and to diligently serve Him all of our days, that we may advance His kingdom on this earth. This charge is not just to pastors and missionaries; it is to all of God's children!
With the psalmist, let us take a moment to ponder the state of the wicked.
Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
Whether or not the wicked understand their true state on this earth, they will understand it at the end of time when they will face the ultimate desolation: complete separation from God for all eternity. The very God they despise is the only One who truly grants them any blessings during their time on this earth.
God has placed upon His children the duty to warn the wicked of their true state, that they may turn to Christ while they can. In doing so, we pray that they will truly understand the final words of Psalm 34.
The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.
The Lord redeems! Go in that confidence, and by God's grace, pray that your testimony will be a light in the darkness to the lost who live all around you.
God Bless You,