Daily Devotion by Pastor John

July 14, 2020: The God Who Is Always Close (Psalm 34:18)

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

In this beautiful psalm, David writes about a God that has immense compassion for his suffering people. Incredibly, he pens this glorious truth while hiding out in a dark and damp cave feigning insanity as a way to avoid the pointy spear of his archenemy, King Saul. Saul was on a very public rampage to snuff out David before he could wrestle away Saul’s kingdom/kingship from him.

David is “brokenhearted” because after the prophet Samuel anointed him to succeed Saul as king (mainly due to the latter’s obstinance and ungodliness) he thought his life would instantaneously be “onward and upward.” His reality, however, turned out to be anything but. It had been nothing but one big downward spiral. Thus, discouragement had set in and “crushed” his spirit.

Despite the fact that life happens when we are making other plans (or when our plans go awry), God loves to be “close” to us and “save” us. He does so by ministering to our pain, comforting our souls, and healing our spirits. So if you are brokenhearted today, don’t hesitate to cry out to God and let him know your anguish. But remember, you don’t have to be very loud because he is right there with you and has been the entire time.
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