Verse of the Day: Psalm 34:18
“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – 34:18
This is an encouraging verse. The Lord will always be by our side when we are heartbroken. We all experience these times. And they are difficult times.
The idea of broken hearted is pressed and weighed down with afflictions, by intense sorrow. So, during these times, we can trust that we are never alone. The language is figurative. As an omnipresent being, God is always equally near to all persons. In fact, He is everywhere at the same time. So, the idea is He is always with us. Jeremiah put it like this, “Am I a God who is near,” declares the LORD, “And not a God far off? Can a man hide himself in hiding places, so I do not see him?” declares the LORD. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 23:23-24.
We serve a God who is always near and attentive to us. He knows everything we do, think, and what we are going through. And He loves us with a love that is so great it is incomprehensible. Take comfort in this, for we can always cry out to Him and He is there to comfort us and help us through. And trust Him that he is faithful to us.
Two more verses that is a comfort to me. “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 and “The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.” Psalm 46:11
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.