Psalm 34:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 34:4, NIV: "I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears."

Psalm 34:4, ESV: "I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears."

Psalm 34:4, KJV: "I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."

Psalm 34:4, NASB: "I sought the LORD and He answered me, And rescued me from all my fears."

Psalm 34:4, NLT: "I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears."

Psalm 34:4, CSB: "I sought the Lord, and he answered me and rescued me from all my fears."

What does Psalm 34:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David tells us in this verse that he sought the Lord and the Lord answered him. Apparently, before David prayed, he experienced fear; probably he feared what his enemies would do to him. In other places, David makes it clear he has no reason to be afraid (Psalm 27:3). Prior experience and knowledge told him God would still be in control. Psalm 27:1 says, "The LORD is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" That did not mean David was immune to anxiety, and so he prayed. Graciously, the Lord removed all his fears.

Believers today might fear anything from physical injury or illness, to job insecurity, to difficulties in relationships, to political collapse, to the threat of incoming nuclear missiles, and everything in between. However, faith replaces fear. The apostle Paul did not fear an upcoming trial that might result in execution, but he knew the Lord can remove all anxiety when we pray. He counseled in Philippians 4:6–7: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

The prayer of faith and fear are mutually exclusive. While believers are not guaranteed to be taken "out of" harm's way, God has promised to see us "through" any harm (John 16:33; 17:15; Matthew 6:25–34).