Psalm 34: 15-22 “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry. The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken. Evil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned. The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.”
There are often times in life when we feel alone and isolated. Trials, hardships, and difficulties will come our way. In these times it may seem as if the Lord is not walking with us. I remember when my mother passed away. It was a difficult and dark time in my life. It seemed as if the Lord did not care. It felt as if He was not there for me. My prayers seemed pointless as no one would hear them. David, as you recall in the context of this Psalm, is surrounded by those who would desire to harm him. David’s faith and confidence in the Lord are not based in his feelings but on the promises of God. He [God] is with the righteous and His ears are open their cry. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart. The Lord delivers us from our distress and in Him we have redemption. Our feelings can at times betray us but the promises of God will never change. Our confidence, our reassurance are not based on feelings but God’s unfailing promises.
1. Choose to exalt His name in all things.
2. Trust in God’s promises [His Word] even when my feelings and emotions tell me something differently.
3. Reach out to the Lord in prayer. There may be times when it feels as if our prayers are not going higher than the ceiling. Don't let this keep you from expressing the desire of your heart to the Lord. He hears our cries.
Psalm 34 - A Devotional Guide, Steve Ellis
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.