Saved Out Of All My Troubles
Got troubles? If you are alive, if you are human, if you are still breathing, if you are on this side of eternity…the answer is a resounding “yes.” Wait a second. That really doesn’t capture the reality of our experience or the depth of what we all feel at times. “YES!!!!!!” Yeah. That’s a lot better.
Psalm 34 uses a Hebrew word for trouble that literally means “tightness.” It suggests a narrow place. A tight place. Confining circumstances. Little room to move. In layman’s terms we would describe trouble as “being caught between a rock and a hard place.” Circumstances have put the squeeze on you. You can barely breath because of the pressure. You can’t see a way out. Hope has been hidden from sight. There is so little space in which to navigate. Options are non-existent. You find yourself in a tight place.
Think about it like this. Imagine you are a sheep. Your current path has taken you over a treacherous mountain pass. On one side a wall of solid rock. Impossible to climb. On the other side a cliff. A hundred foot drop to the canyon far below. The slightest misstep spells doom. One failure is all it takes and you will meet an untimely end. The pressure is immense. The possibility of failure is enormous. No where to go. No place to hide or escape from the unseen enemies that lurk in the shadows. It is a narrow, confining passage. You are in a strait. You are in trouble.
Still have the image of sheep in your mind? Good. Now imagine that there is a shepherd. Makes sense, right? Sheep usually have a shepherd. The shepherd leads you through the mountain and in time the path gives way to a pasture. Open spaces. Wide expanses. Freedom to move and live without fear of falling or failing. Distress and danger are things of the past. You are safe. The shepherd has just saved you from all your troubles.
We just defined the Hebrew word that Psalm 34 uses when it talks about being saved. Trouble is a tight place. Being saved is an open, wide place. God has promised to bring us safely out of those tight places into open areas where we can enjoy life without all the stress and pressure. Sound impossible? Life can make it seem impossible at times. Maybe you are in a tight place right now, one that you have been traveling for a long time. You just can’t imagine that things will ever “open up” for you. In all honesty, you might even find yourself at the point where throwing yourself off the ledge sounds like an upgrade.
My thought for you…trust the Shepherd. God will never fail you. He will never abandon you. He will bring you through the tight places to a season of life where you will be able to run again. For the time being just keep bleating (sorry, still thinking about being a sheep). I mean…just keep crying, crying out to Him. God hears. God knows. God cares. And I promise you that God will answer. It worked for David when he had absolutely nothing to offer God in return. It will work for you. He will save you from all your troubles.