“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalms 34:18
The reality is there are a lot of people who have lost jobs, and some have even lost loved ones. Some are gripped with fear and some are plagued with failure. Then there are those of us are simply worn out.
Have you sensed the Lord is near to you?
David wrote many Psalms, like this one, so we know that he was writing from experience. He feared for his life and had to spend nights quarantined in nasty caves. David has some idea of what we are going through. He knew what it was like to feel worn out, he knew the pain of sorrow and grief and yet he also knew that the Lord hadn’t abandoned him, but that He was near.
Jesus knows what it’s like to be brokenhearted and crushed. “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities” (Isaiah 53:5). He was abandoned by everyone. Jesus has some idea of what we are going through.
The Father is not blind to what you are going through. He watched his one and only Son get beaten and broken by His own creation. He watched His son die brutally on a cross.
Maybe you have felt the Lord has been far away during these times. But the Lord hasn’t abandoned you, He is near you! He is ready to revive you in your pain.
If you are struggling to sense the nearness of God, then pray to Him and ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Maybe you are experiencing the presence of God in a powerful way, it’s time to seek out and draw near to those who are brokenhearted and comfort those who are crushed in Spirit.