Chapter-a-Day Psalm 34

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
    he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
Psalm 34:18 (NLT)

I don’t care who you are, where you live, or how blessed you are in life – sometimes the blues descend upon you out of nowhere. God’s Message says that the rain will fall on the righteous and the unrighteous. The blues are part of the human experience and many of the lyrics we read in the Psalms come straight out of the blues.

The thing I love about the psalms is that they don’t hide from life. They don’t fake their way through the blues. Instead, they express emotion head on and lay it on the line knowing that God is close to the broken hearted, He rescues crushed souls. God never intended the valley of Death’s Shadow to be circumnavigated or avoided but walked through.

It’s only wading through the blues that we find an honest voice for the song of our hearts.

3 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Psalm 34”

  1. 21 Calamity will surely overtake the wicked,
    and those who hate the righteous will be punished.
    22 But the Lord will redeem those who serve him.
    No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

    We all sin and fall short of the glory of God. Yet, what an encouragement in verse 22. His grace is sufficient for even me.

  2. David has always been my most-loved biblical hero. From shepherd boy to psalms singer to warrior to King to the Almighty Throne of David’s heir…the Savior Jesus Christ! Just thinking of that last night as I prayed…the man who had the “heart of God” was so human, yet could pen such words….the pen is indeed mightier than the sword. Thanks for sharing today!

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