Psalm 34:19 - God's Good Often Comes Through Affliction - part 1 - Faith.

Psa 34:19; God's Good Often Comes Through Affliction - part 1 - 

Psa 34:19 (KJV)  Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but 
the LORD delivereth him out of them all. 

Psalm 34:19 (NLT)  The righteous face many troubles, but the 
LORD rescues them from each and every one. 

Psa 34:19 (TLB)  The good man does not escape all troubles--he 
has them too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one. 


The Lord, a Provider and Deliverer.
Praise for Deliverance from Trouble
Experimental Religion: God is Good

Psalm 34: David expressed praise for deliverance, [The 365-Day 
Devotional Commentary] 

Psalm 34: God's Unfailing Love. We are to praise God at all 
times, for in many ways we continually experience the unfailing love of 
our God. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

Some of the psalms praise God for His glory in creation. This 
one praises Him because of the meaning of relationship with Him. He 
delivers, not merely from things feared but from fear itself, removing 
shame. He protects and provides. Above all, He is attentive and answers 
the prayer of the righteous. [Disciple SB] 


Acts 14:22 (KJV)  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and 
exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much 
tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.  

1 Peter 1:6 (NLT)  So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy 
ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a 

2 Tim. 3:12 (KJV)  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ 
Jesus shall suffer persecution.  

1 Thes. 3:3. 4 (KJV)  That no man should be moved by these 
afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. For verily, 
when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer 
tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.  

Hebrews 11:33-38 (GWT)  Women received their loved ones back 
from the dead. Other believers were brutally tortured but refused to 
be released so that they might gain eternal life. Some were made 
fun of and whipped, and some were chained and put in prison. Some 
were stoned to death, sawed in half, and killed with swords. Some 
wore the skins of sheep and goats. Some were poor, abused, and 
mistreated. The world didn't deserve these good people. Some wandered around 
in deserts and mountains and lived in caves and holes in the 

2 Cor 1:8, 9 (NCV)  Brothers and sisters, we want you to know 
about the trouble we suffered in Asia. We had great burdens there that 
were beyond our own strength. We even gave up hope of living. Truly, 
in our own hearts we believed we would die. But this happened so we 
would not trust in ourselves but in God, who raises people from the 

Malachi 3:2, 3 (KJV)  But who may abide the day of his coming? 
and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's 
fire, and like fullers' sope: And he shall sit as a refiner and 
purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them 
as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering 
in righteousness.  

1 Peter 4:12, 13 (KJV)  Beloved, think it not strange concerning 
the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing 
happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's 
sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with 
exceeding joy.  

2 Cor. 4:11 (KJV)  For we which live are alway delivered unto 
death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made 
manifest in our mortal flesh.  

John 16:33 (KJV)  These things I have spoken unto you, that in 
me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but 
be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  

2 Cor. 4:17 (KJV)  For our light affliction, which is but for a 
moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 

Psalm 71:20 (NLT) You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, 
but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths 
of the earth. 

Rev. 7:17 (KJV)  For the Lamb which is in the midst of the 
throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of 
waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.  


Being a Christian does not necessarily exempt one from 
affliction, but it gives one strength through faith to endure.... the 
sufferings of the Christian are less than those of the unbeliever, who 
suffers also the effects of intemperance, of crime, and of evil habits. 
[SDA Commentary] 

The ultimate measure of friends is not where they stand in times 
of comfort and convenience, but where they stand in times of 
challenge and controversy. That being the case, apart from adversity of 
some kind, we would never know who our faithful friends really are. 
In the same way, we will never know in a personal way the 
faithfulness of Christ apart from adversity. As a result, our faith in Him 
would never increase. It would remain static. One of the primary 
reasons God allows us to face adversity is so that He can demonstrate 
His faithfulness and in turn increase our faith.... God is in the 
process of engineering circumstances through which He can reveal Himself 
to each of us. And both history as well as our personal testimonies 
bear witness to the fact that it is in times of adversity that we 
come to a greater realization of God's incredible faithfulness to us. 
by Charles Stanley [Inspirational SB] 

It was God's plan to bring often His people into strait places, 
and then in their necessity to deliver them by His power, that they 
might realize His love and care for them, and thus be led to serve and 
honor Him. {EW 163} 

Faith untried may be true faith, but it is sure to be little 
faith, and it is likely to remain dwarfish so long as it is without 
trials. Faith never prospers so well as when all things are against her: 
tempests are her trainers, and lightnings are her illuminators. When a 
calm reigns on the sea, spread the sails as you will, the ship moves 
not to its harbour; for on a slumbering ocean the keel sleeps too. 
Let the winds rush howling forth, and let the waters lift up 
themselves, then, though the vessel may rock, and her deck may be washed 
with waves, and her mast may creak under the pressure of the full and 
swelling sail, it is then that she makes headway towards her desired 
haven. No flowers wear so lovely a blue as those which grow at the foot 
of the frozen glacier; no stars gleam so brightly as those which 
glisten in the polar sky; no water tastes so sweet as that which springs 
amid the desert sand; and no faith is so precious as that which lives 
and triumphs in adversity. Tried faith brings experience. You could 
not have believed your own weakness had you not been compelled to 
pass through the rivers; and you would never have known God's 
strength had you not been supported amid the water-floods. Faith 
increases in solidity, assurance, and intensity, the more it is exercised 
with tribulation. Faith is precious, and its trial is precious too. 
Let not this, however, discourage those who are young in faith. You 
will have trials enough without seeking them: the full portion will 
be measured out to you in due season. Meanwhile, if you cannot yet 
claim the result of long experience, thank God for what grace you 
have; praise him for that degree of holy confidence whereunto you have 
attained: walk according to that rule, and you shall yet have more and 
more of the blessing of God, till your faith shall remove mountains 
and conquer impossibilities. [Morning and Evening by Charles H. 
Spurgeon re 1Pe.1:6] 

God's people have their trials. It was never designed by God, 
when he chose his people, that they should be an untried people. They 
were chosen in the furnace of affliction; they were never chosen to 
worldly peace and earthly joy. Freedom from sickness and the pains of 
mortality was never promised them; but when their Lord drew up the charter 
of privileges, he included chastisements amongst the things to 
which they should inevitably be heirs. Trials are a part of our lot; 
they were predestinated for us in Christ's last legacy. So surely as 
the stars are fashioned by his hands, and their orbits fixed by him, 
so surely are our trials allotted to us: he has ordained their 
season and their place, their intensity and the effect they shall have 
upon us. Good men must never expect to escape troubles; if they do, 
they will be disappointed, for none of their predecessors have been 
without them. Mark the patience of Job; remember Abraham, for he had his 
trials, and by his faith under them, he became the "Father of the 
faithful." Note well the biographies of all the patriarchs, prophets, 
apostles, and martyrs, and you shall discover none of those whom God made 
vessels of mercy, who were not made to pass through the fire of 
affliction. It is ordained of old that the cross of trouble should be 
engraved on every vessel of mercy, as the royal mark whereby the King's 
vessels of honour are distinguished. But although tribulation is thus 
the path of God's children, they have the comfort of knowing that 
their Master has traversed it before them; they have his presence and 
sympathy to cheer them, his grace to support them, and his example to 
teach them how to endure; and when they reach "the kingdom," it will 
more than make amends for the "much tribulation" through which they 
passed to enter it. [Morning and Evening  by Charles H. Spurgeon re 
Acts 14:22] 

In all ages Satan has persecuted the people of God. He has 
tortured them and put them to death, but in dying they became conquerors. 
They revealed in their steadfast faith a mightier One than Satan. 
Satan could torture and kill the body, but he could not touch the life 
that was hid with Christ in God. He could incarcerate in prison 
walls, but he could not bind the spirit. They could look beyond the 
gloom to the glory, MB29, 30 re Act. 14:22 

We often wish we could escape troubles--the pain of grief, loss, 
sorrow, and failure; or even the small daily frustrations that 
constantly wear us down. God promises to be "close to those whose hearts 
are breaking," to be our source of power, courage, and wisdom, and 
to help us through our problems. Sometimes he chooses to deliver us 
from those problems. When trouble strikes, don't get frustrated with 
God. Instead, admit that you need God's help and thank him for being 
by your side. [Life Application SB] 

It assaults our pride to acknowledge that there are things we 
don't know or problems we can't overcome. But when we stop trying to 
do it ourselves, we are in a position to receive the help God 
sends. List questions that you have for God. Don't tell him what to do, 
just ask. Then sit quietly for a while and listen. [Quiet Time SB] 

Neither Christianity nor the Twelve Steps promises us freedom 
from problems or pain in this life. But they both say that God will 
be with us, will care for us, and will give us the power to face 
those problems and persevere. [Life Recovery Devotional SB]