The Graciousness of the Lord

Dear Readers,
     I love the lyrical quality of the Psalms... In my opinion those chapters are some of the most beautiful examples of poetry in the entire world. The adjectives are so precise and the imagery is strong. One of my favorite chapters is Psalm 34...

Psalm 34: 17-22
"The righteous cry, and the Lord hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.
many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of the all.
He keeps all his bones,
Not one of them is broken.
Evil shall slay the wicked,
And those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
The Lord redeems the soul of His servants,
And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned."

     I take special comfort in some of those verbs. Take a closer look. Absorb some of the power in those words. It says in that passage that the Lord: "hears, delivers, is near, saves, keeps, and redeems." A lot of the time in this crazy life I feel both "brokenhearted" and "crushed in spirit," but the Lord promises to be "near" and to "save" and "deliver." What a great promise we have, friends! Our God is so gracious.


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