Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Out of my distress I called on the Lord ; the Lord answered me and set me free.
Psalms 118:4-5 ESV
We tend to see fear as a negative emotion. But it isn’t necessarily so. If a child fears their dad’s punishment if they were to play out in a dangerous road, that’s a good kind of fear.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. After all, He can cast soul and body into hell, so it makes sense to have a healthy fear of Him. But the love of the Lord is the enduring end of wisdom- He loves us enough to save us from the fate we deserve.
We tend to see distress as a negative thing, and rightly so. But if it drives us to cry out to God, it can have a good effect. The Lord answers those who cry out to Him in their distress.
The Lord set the Psalmist free from his distress. Even if a believer in God were to have a lifetime of distress, it would end the moment they met their maker. God sets us free from distress, sooner or later.
“Dear Yahweh, we want to thank You for Your unfailing love towards us. We praise You for setting us free from distress, help us to trust You to do so when we’re in the midst of it. In Jesus’ name, amen”