Psalm 34:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 34:6, NIV: "This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles."

Psalm 34:6, ESV: "This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles."

Psalm 34:6, KJV: "This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles."

Psalm 34:6, NASB: "This wretched man cried out, and the LORD heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles."

Psalm 34:6, NLT: "In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; he saved me from all my troubles."

Psalm 34:6, CSB: "This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him from all his troubles."

What does Psalm 34:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

When David was in trouble at Gath among the Philistines, he cried out to the Lord to deliver him. He describes himself in this verse as a poor man, indicating he humbly cried out to God. Referring to himself as "poor" reflects an awareness that he has nothing to offer God in return for assistance. As a result of praying urgently and humbly, David found deliverance from all his troubles. The Lord rescued him from the Philistines.

No one is exempt from trouble (John 16:33), but no Christian must face trouble alone (Matthew 28:20). The Lord is always near, and if He chooses to deliver His child from trouble, He will do so. However, we cannot dictate to the Lord. When we pray, we should do so humbly, and pray as did our Lord in the garden of Gethsemane: "Your will be done" (Matthew 26:42). The apostle James counseled: "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you" (James 4:8–10).