God is near to the brokenhearted. He saves those crushed in spirit. He empathizes with our weaknesses.
Application: Friends, your ability to rest your weary soul upon the bosom of your loving Savior is dependent upon whether you trust that He will not turn you away because you are weak.
He is compassionate with the brokenhearted and merciful to the crushed in spirit. He will not look down on you because you don’t have any strength left. Instead, He empathizes with your weaknesses, having been human Himself. He is in heaven right now interceding for you, drawn to you as a Good Shepherd because you need Him desperately. You must renew your mind and trust that He longs to help you bear up under the weight of your depression. He is near, my friends, very near.
Verses To Meditate On
Psalm 34:18 (NASB): “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Romans 8:26–28 (NASB): “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He Who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
2 Corinthians 4:7–8 (NASB): “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing.”
Hebrews 4:15 (NIV): “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have One Who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet He did not sin.”
Romans 14:1 (NASB): “Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions.” [Note: If God asks His people to accept the weak, we can surmise that He Himself accepts the ones who are weak.]
Romans 15:1 (NASB): “Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves.” [Note: God demonstrates how He longs to help the weak bear up under the weight of their weaknesses.]
1 Corinthians 9:22 (NASB): [Paul said] “To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.”
Friends, your ability to rest your weary soul upon the bosom of your loving Savior is dependent upon whether you trust that He will not turn you away because you are weak.Tweet