My partner in crime and prayer partner and good Christian friend, Di called me from the beach this morning asking me to find a particular scripture for her. She knew what it says but – get this – forgot her Bible at home!! Do you even have to wonder whether I laid a big guilt trip on her over that? I milked it, and I’m not through yet. But I rescued her by pulling out my electronic device and finding the verse she was looking for. After reading it to her, she and I both said, “Wow! That’s a good one!”
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed” (Psalm 34:18).
I’ve used the first part of this verse many times, but look at the Part B. “He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” We don’t need a rescuer unless we are at the end of ourselves. To rescue someone means they cannot help themselves, they need to be saved from a particular situation. A drowning person who is unable to swim to safety must be rescued. Someone stranded in a flood, sitting on the top of a car or home cannot help themselves. They have to be rescued. We don’t need a rescuer when we can help ourselves. It’s when we are stranded, out of resources, helpless, with no strength of our own. That’s when we need to be rescued. God is our Rescuer. When our spirit is stranded, when our spirit is out of resources, when our spirit is helpless, when our spirit is crushed, when we have no strength of our own, God rescues us. He can’t do much to help us when we’re still depending on our own strength. It’s when we cry for help that He steps in. He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
Are you grieving the loss of someone very close to you today? Are you crying out for the life of a critically ill loved one? Are you watching your marriage or your relationship with your children or your life in general fall apart around you, and there’s nothing you can do in your own strength? Is your spirit crushed from your circumstances? The Lord’s heart is drawn to you. He cares for you deeply. He is close to the brokenhearted. He rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Trust Him.
Here’s a video devo to go along with this…
It’s been another good week having Clay’s parents with us. They are both very appreciative and gracious. Please continue to pray for Poppy’s foot to heal completely. Have a great weekend!