The greatness of God’s love is revealed in his kindness and compassion toward the afflicted. While the evildoers will not be shown mercy, those whose sufferings do not deter their trust in the Lord are promised joy in the emerging kingdom of God. This is the message our psalm passage today.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
Many are the troubles of the just man,
but out of them all the LORD delivers him.
He watches over all his bones;
not one of them shall be broken.
The LORD redeems the lives of his servants;
no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him.
God knows our suffering, especially our heartache and heartbreak. He loves us with an infinite compassion. We need only to call upon his mercy and forgiveness. He will heal our broken hearts.