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

            From deliverance to providential care, the psalm reaches reflection on the justice of God.  He who looks to the righteous and hears them call, also turns His face against the wicked (v.16).  God’s redeeming favor rests upon the righteous (v.17); but that does not detract from God’s compassion to the needy, as verse 18 emphasizes.  God has compassion upon those who struggle beneath life’s burdens.

            God cares about the sorrows in your life.  God is kind and gracious, merciful to the hurting and the hope of those who despair.  Call out to Him in times of trouble, and find your peace in the nearness of the merciful King.