1I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no lack!
10 The young lions suffer want and hunger;
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 Come, O children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 What man is there who desires life
and loves many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Turn away from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
and his ears toward their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones;
not one of them is broken.
21 Affliction will slay the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
One of my favorite psalms of all time: a poem written when David faked some crazy behavior in front of Abimelech and was able to escape to safety. He tells us that he sought YHWH, and YHWH answered him and delivered him form all his fears. He will repeat the essence of this phrase in 17 (“[the LORD] delivers them out of all their troubles”) and 19 (“many are the afflictions of the righteous, but he LORD delivers him out of them all”). As in other cases when God had delivered him from danger, he responds with both praise (1-3) and a promise to spread the word about God’s good deeds (11). He describes himself as a poor man who cried out to God and was delivered from his troubles.
I remember leaning heavily on this passage of scripture when I was sick. The Lord was in the process of delivering me from all my fears, even when I didn’t know it. He is especially near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit (34).
Whatever your trouble today, you can call out to Him. He will answer you, and He will deliver you.