“The righteous person is rescued from trouble” because, being “righteous” he or she tends to make good decisions and is able to address and deal with difficulties.
And the God who’s not mentioned at all is, in fact, right there and active in the lives of His people. That’s all good news!
The sad part of the verse is that this trouble frequently “falls on the wicked instead.”
Yet it’s not like they’re just a last-minute substitute or “the fall guy” for the righteous. The righteous make choices to not be trapped by their trouble – while the wicked make choices to that lead them into it.
Probably a poor analogy – but I’ll use it anyway! – Roadrunner regularly finds himself in trouble (usually not of his own making). But we all know that, in the end, Wile E. Coyote always has the trouble fall on him instead (because of his own selfish choices)!
It’s also important to remember that people are “righteous” not because of what they do – activities – but because of their decisions and choices under God. That sets them up for success, even divine intervention!
“The wicked” have chosen to go it alone and will live with the consequences of such decisions.
But the best news about this verse is that “the wicked” don’t have to stay there – God’s their way out, too!