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GOD IS NEAR

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Rod Shimabukuro

S C R I P T U R E

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  Psalm 34:18

O B S E R V A T I O N

Reading and rereading this Psalm leads my heart to pay attention to the greatness of God’s hand, faithfulness and love for and over HIs people.  Through the trials and distresses David experienced, he thanks and magnifies God.

Background

The title of David’s psalm is connected to David running from Saul to Achish.  The backdrop is found in 1 Samuel 21 & 22.  Here’s excerpts:  21:10 That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath.  13 So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.  22:2 All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader. About four hundred men were with him.

Broken heartedness, a crushed spirit, many troubles, the dangers and effects of evil – are all present and don’t go away.  Yet the Lord is the peoples salvation and the God who brings deliverance.

Considering David’s circumstances surrounding this Psalm, this brokenness and crushed in spirit is very real.  How David must’ve longed for and experienced the nearness of God.  He experienced God’s saving grace while being crushed under the circumstances.

A P P L I C A T I O N

Beckie and I just shared with a growing Christian, the nearness of God to those who give their lives to Him.  We don’t need to look far to see and know that there are broken, hurting people, struggling with a variety of issues.  The struggle is real.  Brokenness is real.  Being crushed in spirit is real.

Pain is Inescapable.  Deliverance Inevitable.

I get a little irritated with Christians who think and believe we are exempt from pain, struggle, evil…!  Verse 19 says “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;”  The question is HOW DOES he Lord deliver us…?  This is where reading, examining the WHOLE BIBLE is necessary!  Because HIs deliverance may not look like what we expect or hope for.

God is always nearer than I think.

I am growing so intimately assured, that in my brokenness and struggles, GOD IS ALWAYS NEAR!  He will save me always – but not necessarily in the way I think or desire.  But I give Him thanks for who He is in my life!

P R A Y E R

Dear Daddie God!  I echo the lyrics…”I will extol YOU Lord at all times; YOUR praise will always be on my lips.  I will glory in YOU Lord!”  I LOVE YOU GOD!  THANK YOU!