“The Angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.” Psalm 34:7
When I was growing up, my friends and I drove to a nearby reservoir to a certain spot. We drove to a location with cliffs, where unsupervised boys might jump from into the waters below. These cliffs were not terribly high. But the water below was not terribly deep. None of us got injured, but it was not a very intelligent idea.
In Psalm 34, David recounts a time in his life when his own decisions led him into a great deal of danger. By his own volition David entered the land of his people’s enemies seeking refuge in one of their cities. Logically speaking, he should have been captured or killed. Yet the LORD spared his life. From this experience David writes, “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers (saves) them (Psalm 33:6-7).”