The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Think about a time in your life when your spirit was crushed, or a time when you struggled to keep moving through your circumstances. Perhaps this happened to you after a big disappointment or a significant loss. When you find yourself in a season of brokenness, it is normal to feel helpless to change anything in our lives or struggle to see hope on the horizon.

King David was familiar with those feelings too. He knew what it was to be at the end of his rope. He learned how to praise God at all times, regardless of his circumstances (Ps. 34:1). Of course, we want to be able to do that too. It is just much easier said than done. David knew from firsthand experience that whether he was on the mountaintop or in the valley, when he cried out to God, He was near.

In the ancient world, the heart was the seat of a person’s will. In this sense, to be brokenhearted would be to have a broken will; to run out of hope or expectation of good. This is the feeling of having nothing left to give because you are left bruised by your circumstances. This declaration of David in Psalm 34:18 reminds us that in our brokenness is precisely where God meets us. Not only does He meet us there, not only is He close by to us in our greatest needs, but He rescues us from them! Our circumstances don’t have to have the final word. Even when we have nothing left to give, and even when pain and grief drain us of all hope and drive, we serve a God who is mighty to save us.

● Is there something you are walking through currently that has left you broken or crushed in spirit?

● Where in your life do you need to feel the nearness of God? How can you surround yourself this week with the truth of who God is to remind you that He is near? How can you ask your community to help remind you of His nearness?

● Take some time to speak honestly to the Lord about where you feel broken and crushed. Thank Him for being near to you. Ask Him to give you small reminders of His presence through His word, His people, and His creation.