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“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

If you’re anything like me this is the way we read this psalm – “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.” I like the idea of God being near and saving me. That’s what I want. 

But look at the context in which God is near and saves. “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.

Too often we want God’s presence and salvation but aren’t willing to be brokenhearted and crushed in spirit. That’s a problem. There’s something about being brokenhearted by the things that wreck God’s heart, and being crushed in spirit by the happenings of our lives that draws us into God’s presence that we seek God’s salvation.

I don’t about you, but this pandemic stuff is getting old. This is hard. And particularly for those who live alone, this is a really, really, hard, crappy, lonely, desperate season.

If you find yourself here, good news. You’re a prime candidate for God’s presence and salvation.

Take a moment right now.

  • Get silent.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Plant the soles of your feet on the ground.
  • Turn your hands face up.
  • Take ten deep slow breaths – breaths that completely fill your lungs and empties them.
  • And ask for God’s presence to cover you and give you peace.

Make this a regular practice of your day. The way we not only make it through, but actually grow and mature during this season is by God’s presence and salvation. Really. Make this a daily practice.

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