Psalm 34 (June 24, 2011)

The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.
The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.
Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
(Psalm 34:15-22 ESV)

Salvation for the Broken

I use these verses a lot in dealing with people who have experienced grief in one way or another. It is important to remember that the Lord is indeed near to the broken hearted and that he saves those whose spirits have been crushed. Does this sound like you? Have you been broken? Has your spirit been crushed? Look to God, and rest assured that he is aware of you (15-17), as David writes, his eyes, ears  and face are toward you. He is near you (18). And He saves (19-22). The condemnation, or judgment spoken of by David in 21-22 is something believers in Jesus look to without fear, for “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Christ became our condemnation, our curse. He gave us his righteousness and we have confidence for the future that at the end of all things, we will stand before God as his children, with no condemnation, but commendation, entering into the eternal joy of God. Soli deo gloria.

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