I’m slowly but surely “finding my way” back to God’s Word.
What a mindless phrase for me to have picked out, “finding my way.” It’s silly and in this case, not at all true. It if were me and me alone, I never would come back to the Word. I would run far away and never look back.
Thank God for the Holy Spirit, the helper, the guide, the interpreter, for pushing me back to God, for carving out time each day for me to spend in the Bible and in prayer. Thank God for not leaving me on my own sinful self.
I was brought back to the Psalms again (see Faith and Hope During Heartbreak for the first occurrence of this phenomenon), Psalm 34 specifically.
What a goodie. Let’s look at the end.
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; 20 he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. 21 Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. 22 The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.
The hope we have. The hope we’ve been given. God is close to those who are hurting. I might think and have probably said many times, that he’s never been further from me, but here he is, close. He saves me, the one crushed in spirit.
Verse 19 points out something that many of us easily forget during those brokenhearted and crushing times. It’s promised that the righteous (us) will have troubles. Check out John 16:33:
In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
No where in Scripture are we promised a good, happy, trouble-less life. The opposite is promised us. We don’t know the fullness of why, but bad things happen to good people. Yes, even God’s people. How often we long to forget that. Nobody wants bad things.
But. God delivers us. He protects us. He will rescue us, and not one of us will be condemned.
Romans 5, man. “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us…” saving, rescuing, delivering, protecting us from a fate much, much, much worse than anything we will face in this life.
Because of that,
I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. Psalm 34:1
Rather, I will do my best. I am, unfortunately, still a sinner.
Lord Jesus, help me to always extol and praise you.
Image taken from Euromoney, “Against the tide: Europe’s banks still in trouble.“