Last night as I was out calling I got a bit discouraged about some who weren't home and then I got to thinking about those who had died since we came here to the church in Illinois. It's easy to look only at what we don't have at times. Those people we lost were great people.
Then this morning as I was practicing the material for the Sunday morning message (I practice my messages at least three times before delivering them) I came across this verse in the middle of the text: Psalm 34:18 "The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
It came to me that God is NEAR!!! That's not just a designation of space, but of activity. He is never just near, but is always doing something.
God doesn't hang out with the proud or complacent, but with those who know that they have no refuge but HIM! That's true no matter what condition our heart is in, but the brokenhearted seem to recognize it more readily. Remember the truths of this verse.
3 years ago