The God Who Is Near

I’ve spent the last couple days in the Psalms. I’ve been immersed in them because of a bible study I’m writing; yet it just occurred to me tonight that the more personal reason I’m there is because I need them. I am slow like this. And then it occurred to me that maybe you too could use the comfort and encouragement that’s found in these ancient songs, the plain, shared plight of the human condition so desperate to know God is there. That He hears, cares and helps.

Perhaps you’ve been petitioning the Lord for something that hasn’t seemed to change. You’ve gotten your hopes up to the skies, finally deliverance. Only for them to be dashed once more. Maybe you’ve been sick and no one can get to the bottom of it, and you wonder—how long O Lord? Will you cast me off forever? It’s possible you’ve been betrayed by someone who looked you dead in the eye and struck a promise you never dreamed would end up broken the way it now lies shattered at your feet. Maybe you’ve longed to be a mother of children keeping house in a bustling home, but your ache has yet to be realized. The unjust and undeserving are flourishing around you so effortlessly you can hardly take another second of how much their backward ways seem to be helping them win at life. You may be covered up in your own shame and guilt you can’t fathom a God who will freely forgive you.

All this, and a wealth more, are penned in the Psalms, having been sung for thousands of years. Godly men and women since antiquity have poured out their laments, fears and questions to God, sometimes on their sick beds, other times through paralyzing fear, in the dead of night, during the scorching heat of day, as an enemy pursued, as a friend proved a foe, while guilt was too heavy a load to bear, while their spirits were crushed and their hearts broken. While all hope seemed to have vanished.

This is the human side of the Psalms, the songs we still sing today from our finite vantage point. Many of them are giving flight to my prayers for so many dear ones who are hurting. Some of them are cries of my own. How little hope, if any we would have if not for the God of the Psalms.

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When you’re hurting and doubt that He’s close. “The Lord is near the brokenhearted; he saves those crushed in spirit.” Ps 34:18

When you wonder if there’s a place of shelter for you? “The Lord is a refuge for the persecuted, a refuge in times of trouble.” Ps 9:9

If you think you’re too far gone? “He redeems your life from the Pit; He crowns you with faithful love and compassion.” Ps 103:4

When you question His goodness and desire to bless you. “For Yahweh takes pleasure in His people; He adorns the humble with salvation.” Ps 149:4

If you’ve ever wondered if He cares about the way He’s created you to love and nurture. “He gives the childless woman a household, making her the joyful mother of children.” Ps 113:9

When you’re temped to forget the good things He’s done for you. “Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.” Ps 116:7

When you think your situation will never change. “All eyes look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.” Ps 145:14

When your strength and understanding are unbearably weak and limited. “Our Lord is great, vast in power; his understanding is infinite.” Psalm 147:5

When you doubt His care for your longings. “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” Ps 37:4. “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart. My portion forever.” Ps 73:26

When you need a place above the earthen soil on which to lay you head. “Lead me to a rock that is high above me.” Ps 61:3

When you doubt His power or delight to save you. “He rescued me from my powerful enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me. He brought me out to a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.” Ps 33:17, 19

When you’re afraid you’re past forgiveness. “Then I confessed my sins to you; I did not conceal my wrongdoings. I decided to confess them to you, and you forgave all my sins.” Ps 32:5

I could keep going but I’m hoping you’ll do that for yourself. Remember the emotions of the human experience are found in the Psalms, just about every one. But so is evidence of the King of Glory. “Lift up your heads, you gates! Rise up, ancient doors! Then the King of glory will come in.” (Ps 24:7)

Praying for you this morning friends that together we’d share in the laments and pleas of the Psalms, but not without experiencing the God of the Psalms, the King of Glory.

 

 

  • Jaime Dail Garrett

    I needed this today! Thank you for sharing!

  • Chris Greco

    I turned to the Psalms this morning myself. It’s been too long. Thanks for the post, sister. Looking forward to your next study

  • Deanne Alsup

    Kelly, thanks for the encouraging Psalms you shared in your blog. I pray that God will grant you wisdom and guidance as you write your new Bible study. Blessings to you!

  • Sandy

    Loved! Sharing with a friend who was waiting on a baby she was going to foster and possibly adopt to be born, but the child died in the birthing process. She is heartbroken.

  • Sharon Tinch Pinkston

    I needed reassurance of God’s healing. Thanks for this Kelly!

  • As someone who has suffered with sickness for a long time, this post was a breath of fresh air. Thank you!

  • Therese Grago

    Hi Kelly 😊 I actually came to your site hoping to find out if you were releasing a new bible study soon. I’m so excited to hear you are writing one on the psalms. Woo Hoo!!! Just wanted to take a moment and thank you for your bible studies. I love how “real” you are and your sense of humor. But most of all, I love how the LORD has gifted you to bring great insights & understanding from His Word. I am almost done with No Other Gods and it has been truly transformational. I pray you are encouraged because the ministry our Abba has entrusted to you matters greatly. ❤