The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
Everyone will go through some kind of tragedy or pain in their lifetime, and sometimes that pain can leave us deeply hurt and ultimately broken. It is part of life and a result of sin that cannot be avoided. The word brokenhearted means “broke into pieces.” All throughout the Bible we read about men and women who were broken and crushed in spirit. David, the writer of this psalm knew very much what it meant to be brokenhearted. David was told at an early age that he would one day be king of Israel, however it was many years later before that occurred. Saul was the current king of Israel and he wanted to put David to death and pursued him to great lengths. Eventually David was forced to flee his own country, away from family and friends to a foreign land. In fact when this psalm was written David was forced to flee to the land of the Philistines. How crazy is that? David feared so much for his life that he went to one of Israel’s greatest enemies, the Philistines. It was there that David had reached his brokenness. Get a good picture of the scene. David is all alone, fears for his life daily, no family, no friends at his side, and he is living in caves hiding out from his enemies. Do you think David wanted all this to happen? How would you feel in his situation? David was broken into pieces and crushed in spirit. He probably felt at times that God had abandoned him.
In our lives today we may not be forced to live in caves or fear for our lives but we experience things that do leave us broken. Did you know in your brokenness that God is close to you. The word “near” in this context means close enough to touch. There are many different reasons that God allows certain things to happen to us and we may never know why. What we can certainly know is that God is close to you and he will save you. You will never be the same but God will deliver you. A.W. Tozer said, “It is doubtful wether God can bless a man greatly until he has hurt him deeply.” Take hope because in your brokenness God has not abandoned you, in fact he is close enough to touch. He is doing a work in you and his Son Jesus the great deliver, is here to save you.