Yahweh is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm xxxiv. 18 (NLT)
While traversing the dark valleys of our life, when feelings of loneliness, fear, rejection or despondency overpower us, there is no greater comfort for the righteous than this promise of imminent divine presence. Our earth-bound rational minds might refuse to believe the profound truth in this verse; but those who have tasted that the Yahweh is good (v 8) will embrace this promise in faith and savour the sweetness of God’s presence. The long nights of our pilgrimage no longer should frighten us or render us hopeless. We enjoy the undivided attention of our Saviour who walks closer to us than ever.
Why should the heartbroken feel confused or guilty? Who can believe the condemnation of those who say that sorrow is the portion of those whom God has rejected? Was David, the psalmist, under divine chastisement? Indeed, he was ‘poor‘ (v 6); he was overpowered by fear (v 4) and numerous troubles (v 6, 17); he was heartbroken and ‘crushed‘ in his spirit; Israel’s psalmist often had to cry out to the Lord (v 6). Godliness and adversity are not mutually exclusive. The life of the righteous is not free from tears or loud cries. He may be surrounded by enemies and troubles. Yes, “many are the afflictions of the righteous” (v 19).
David feared God and resisted the temptation to misuse his tongue! (v 13) The fear of the Lord delivered him from other fears. He could testify that Yahweh answered his cries and “set me free from all my fears” (v 6). He was also eager to inspire others to fear the Lord: “Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the LORD.” (v 11) In the midst of terror and adversity, he had experienced divine protection and providence. Hence the testimony – “the angel of the LORD guards all who fear him;” and “Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the LORD will never lack any good thing.” (v 7, 10)
What if you haven’t seen the Lord’s deliverance or provision yet? You can rest assured that God is closest to the brokenhearted. God hovers over you and surrounds you with his unfailing mercies. Enjoy His presence! Converse with Him; pour out your heart before God. Thank Him in advance for all the goodness He has kept in store for you. Pick up pearls from those melancholic depths as you walk with God. You will soon be able to share these treasures with the world for the glory of God.