I sought the Lord, and He answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and He delivers them.
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.
Psalm 34:4, 7, 17, 19
Special Delivery: any mail service that involves special handling or expedited delivery.
In an on-going season of waiting, I find myself wrestling between the quiet and trust God requires and, um, freaking out….evidenced at times by labored breathing, tears, pounding pulse, and nagging irritability.
Where I am on the spectrum on any given day depends on where I’ve let my thoughts roam in the vast wilderness of the unknown and not-just-yet.
Let’s say I’ve been promised a special package from someone I love but have no guaranteed date of arrival.
It will certainly come and will not delay. Habakkuk 2:3b
The anticipated box contains exactly what I need. Understandably, I want it quickly. Like, yesterday. If I know the package is on its way, tapping my foot like a crazy by the mailbox won’t hasten delivery. If anything my neighbors might start to wonder.
The special delivery God intends isn’t limited to what’s in the package. He means for delivery to occur while I wait – in my heart, soul, and mind.
I sought the Lord, and He answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4 (NIV)
Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? But upon closer inspection, God doesn’t promise to deliver me from all my fears in the way I think. Because while fear continues to taunt, I find that He delivers me from succumbing to its power and am strengthened as I trust in Him in the midst of it.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. (vs 7)
Again, God doesn’t promise to eliminate the trouble but protects me as I fire up a holy, reverent prayer in the midst of it. Because threats will continue to prowl, seeking an opportunity… a moment of weakness, a moment where I throw up my hands in defeat and say, “Lord, why haven’t you answered me?”
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. (vs 17)
Even this blessed assurance doesn’t guarantee I’ll have no trouble. Otherwise, my circumstances would look much different than they do. The promise hidden here is that God delivers me from being overcome by trouble.
Waiting for God’s special delivery is meant to refine and purify, shape and mold me into material for the Silversmith. (Proverbs 25:4)
His delivery is sure and certain. His delivery is unfailing and trustworthy, touched by nail-scarred hands.
His delivery is special. And always, always on time.
A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all. (vs 19)
What special delivery are you waiting for?
Though it linger, wait for it;
It will certainly come and will not delay.