Saturday, January 12, 2019
17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. 18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.
Who is God? The Lord hears the cries of the righteous. God is close to the brokenhearted. God saves those who are crushed in spirit. On this third day as we read from Psalm 34, these words are closer to what we might expect to hear from one who was fleeing for his life. David had to put his trust in the Lord, for certainly he felt abandoned, even betrayed by King Saul.
In the midst of some difficult time, it may seem as though God has abandoned us, leaving us to deal with our troubles on our own. We cry out, “Why, Lord? Why must I endure this hardship?” This is the same cry Jesus uttered in the Garden of Gethsemane, asking God to deliver him from crucifixion. Yet then Jesus went on to say, “Not my will but yours be done.”
God is ready to hear all you have to say in the midst of whatever trial you face. As we act with righteousness, so God is receptive to our prayers. God will keep us close to his side. We can trust in the Lord and find in him the comfort, the peace, the strength, the guidance we need, so we are delivered from the crushing blows life can bring. To God be all glory, in Christ our Lord.
Lord, there are stones in my heart, weighing me down. I feel such an immense burden of sorrow and pain. I worry for my family, for people in my church, for political situations that have no easy solutions and the horrors of evil we face day by day. I cry out to you, Lord, and find the strength I need. You help me lift my head from my sorrows and find joy again. Let me trust in you with every fiber of my being, no matter what I have to face today. For you gave us the gift of your only son, Jesus, who died for me. Amen.