The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;
We used to have to deal with postage and packing.
Now it is mostly subscriptions and delivery.
There were, and can be, problems with both systems.
Most of the time it isn’t our fault.
In today’s Psalm we are told that a righteous person – tsaddiq – just and lawful – may have many – rab – abundance, enough, full, great – troubles – ra’ – adversities, afflictions, distresses – in life.
Who would be a righteous person, you might ask?
You act justly and lawfully, do you best by all others but still there can be problems.
In this verse there is no blame or incriminations, outwardly or inwardly.
You may have many problems – a simple fact.
In the original Hebrew the word is kol and forms part of a longer phrase out of all of them.
It only occurs in this one instance and means every one, the whole, as many as, altogether.
Despite the troubles the Lord natsal – defends, delivers, without fail, snatches away, preserves, rescues, rids, saves – you from each and every one.
If you are in difficult circumstances they may not be your fault.
But even if some are, be assured that part of your ‘faith’ subscription you have delivery!
Troubles and delivery.
There are and will be troubles.
God delivers you from those troubles.
All of them. Every time.