Lent Devotions 2009: Wednesday 25th March

“The LORD is near to the broken-hearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 34:18

As a family, we have suffered many things over the past five years, and some people have tried all kinds of ways to crush us. But from the first day that the ‘troubles’ began, I turned to the Lord for help and protection Although I believe and trust Him, I wasn’t sure I had 100% faith. I had a personal challenge, so I kept away from church. Maybe I was stupid.

But I was asked to look at this verse and while I was reading, my heart leapt in different directions. It was a fantastic feeling! Wow! I couldn’t stop reading. I read the entire psalm. Why? The similarities are amazing compared to what our family went through. For example, Abimilech “drove… David… away and he left”, but “Those who look on him… their faces are never covered with shame”. So, ”Keep your tongue from evil”. After all, “A righteous man may have many troubles but the Lord delivers him from all of them” (And how!).

There are so many amazing promises and encouragements in this psalm. Like the psalmist I can say, “I sought the Lord and He answered me”. “Glorify the Lord with me; Let us exalt His name together.” Amen.