The LORD delivers us out of all afflictions. We can be confident that The LORD will save us from our troubles and afflictions. We only need to trust in Him, fear Him, cry out to Him. It may not be immediate, it may only come with death, but The LORD will be faithful to His promise: “many are the afflictions of the righteous: but The LORD delivereth him out of them all.” We see this promise in many places. One such passage is found in The Psalms,
"This poor man cried, and The LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them." [Psa 34:6-7] "Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but The LORD delivereth him out of them all." [Psa 34:19]
Truly this is a wonderful promise. In troubles, we may hang onto this and find hope. However, notice that there are some conditions to the promise; namely, three.
- Being poor in spirit
Being poor, or poor in spirit is crucial. To be poor is to be humble, to be needy for The LORD and to be going to Him with all your needs, not trying to do it on your own. We see this other Psalms as well,
"LORD, Thou hast heard the desire of the humble: Thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear." [Psa 10:17] "...He forgetteth not the cry of the humble." [Psa 9:12] "For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever." [Psa 9:18]
- Fearing The LORD
Without The Fear of God in our hearts, we should not expect to be heard. “The Fear of The LORD is clean, enduring forever,” and through it our motives and lives and desires are purified.
"He will fulfil the desire of them that fear Him: He also will hear their cry, and will save them." [Psa 145:19]
- Being righteous
Those who place their faith in Jesus’ atonement and resurrection for righteousness are clothed with His righteousness. “Without faith it is impossible to please Him” and faith being the base for righteousness, without it, we should not expect to be heard.
"The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted." [Prov 10:24] "But the salvation of the righteous is of The LORD: He is their strength in time of trouble. And The LORD shall help them, and deliver them: He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him." [Psa 37:39-40]
Let us come to The LORD in all our troubles with poorness of spirit, a fear of Him, and righteous lives submitted to The Lord Jesus Christ built upon faith in Him. If we do this, we can be confident that The LORD hears our petition and that one day, after the trials has worked in our lives a greater likeness to Jesus, we will be delivered from whatever ails us.