What Does Psalm 34:18 Mean?

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 34:18(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Our God and heavenly Father deserves our ongoing and eternal love and praise, because He has shown Himself to be a God Who cares for His people, and Who delivers them out of all their difficulties. He hears those that call on His name. He delivers His people from all their fears and He comforts those that are encompassed with sadness and disappointments.

God is no respecter of persons, for He hears the cries of the poor man and His eyes are open to the way of the righteous. He is close to those that fear His name, while His face opposes those that are quick to do evil. In His goodness and grace the Lord delivers those that are being abused, and helps those that are pursued by their enemies. Down through centuries of time, the truth that is encapsulated within this Psalm, has been a comfort and help to many of God's hurting people.

The comforting words in this Psalm were written by David.. after he escaped from the hands of his enemies. Having been anointed of God to be Israel's king.. David was being hotly pursued by the jealous king Saul, whose loathing of David had reached boiling point. David had to flee for his life and even sought refuge from Israel's bitter enemies - the Philistines! But fearing that they also might try to kill him, David managed to escape by dribbling down his beard and pretending to have gone crazy in the head!

I will bless the Lord at all times, was David's grateful testimony to his deliverance.. I will continually bless the Lord.. His praise shall always be in my mouth. My soul shall boast in the Lord and the humble will hear of it and be glad. A thread of hope and praise weaves its way through these verses, as a declaration of God's grace and loving-kindness to those that call on His name, and are humble in heart. And although He does not always keep His children away from their troubles and trials, the Lord is willing and able to draw close to all of His people.. as they go through life's various difficulties and dangers.

The Lord will not break a bruised reed.. nor will He quench a smoking flax, for He is always close to the broken-hearted. He binds up their wounds and offers salvation to those that trust in Him. He travels with them through the valley of the shadow of death, and no one who puts their faith in Him will ever be disappointed.

In His goodness and grace He sent the Lord Jesus to preach good tidings of great joy to those that are meek; to bind up the broken-hearted; to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of prison-gates to them that are bound by sin and death. And in His loving-kindness and great mercy He has given us His written word.. with testimonies of His grace towards His people, and the eternal truth of the glorious gospel of grace - that whosever shall call on the name of the Lord, will be saved.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You that You are near to the broken-hearted and close to all who are crushed in spirit. Thank You for the testimony of the saints, that You are a faithful God, Whose mercies are new every morning. How we praise You, for You are a witness to Your Word - that You are a God.. Who not only saves but keeps and helps and comforts and provides for all who are called by Your name - thank You in Jesus name, AMEN

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