Hope in Difficult Times - 3 Truths from Psalm 34

by Renee Woodford August 30, 2019 5 min read

Hope in Difficult Times - 3 Truths from Psalm 34

"The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.  The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."  Psalm 34:17-18

God is so good.  He has mercy on us when we cry out to Him.  I want you to know the truth of how God sees you, and help you see beyond your circumstances.  He loves you so much.  

Let these 3 truths sink in:

1. You are crushed in spirit, but you are not crushed

2. You are brokenhearted, but you are not broken

3. Your circumstances are difficult, but your circumstances do not define you

1. You are crushed in spirit, but you are not crushed

You are NOT crushed - 3 Truths in Psalm 34

I thought there was no way out of my sadness.  After my second divorce and discovering I didn't have all of life's answers I was crushed.  I didn't realize, however, that being crushed in spirit meant I could reach out to God who would have mercy on me.  He showed me this was not the end.  I accepted Him as Savior, and although my circumstances hadn't changed, I felt hope for the first time!

Are you crushed in spirit?  Do you feel hopeless?  Believe this truth that "The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."  Psalm 34:18 NIV. Jesus wants to save you and show you His never ending hope!  No matter what you have done, or have had done to you, He wants to pull you out of the pit and give you hope.  You are not crushed!

If you don't have a personal relationship with the Lord, you don't have to get yourself together before He will save you!  Right now where you are you can call out to Him and He will listen.  What do you say to Him?  It's so simple, but so profound.  Jesus died as a sacrificial lamb for all humanity, in the same way the Jewish custom was to sacrifice a pure, perfect animal as atonement for their sins.  We can't approach a perfect God with our imperfection, which is why they had to sacrifice a perfect animal.  Jesus did this for everyone so we could approach God! 

a. Admit to Jesus that you have sinned and need forgiveness, even if it's just angry thoughts about who hurt you, or little white lies we tell at times.  Ask Him to forgive you and He will!

b. Believe that He was the perfect sacrifice that took our place and died for you

c. Turn from your old life and live for Him.  This doesn't mean you have to change where you live, or leave your family.  This means when life has you crushed down, turn to Him instead of your usual coping mechanisms.  He is anxious to hear from you!

That's it!  There is nothing else that needs to be added to it.  You may not feel physically different or emotionally different, but it's real.  You are saved.  Start learning about this Savior you have just accepted and trusted in.  If you prayed that prayer, please let me know!  I will help you find a place you can go to be encouraged and prayed for.  Email me at renee@hiddenblessingsdecor.com.  

2. You are brokenhearted, but you are NOT broken

You are NOT broken - 3 Truths from Psalm 34

My daughter, Sarah, is one of the strongest women I know.  She endured the loss of her unborn child, which would have sent anyone into a tailspin of depression, anger, doubt, and self-loathing.  Here's the thing - she experienced all of those emotions and thoughts.  It was one of the most difficult times in her and her husband's lives.  The one thread of hope throughout this horrible journey was found in Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is close to the broken-hearted..."  She clung to God during this time, and He comforted her and carried her through.  

Are you enduring a heartbreaking trial right now?  You can cry out to God and He will faithfully stay close to you.  He is close to the broken-hearted.  Ask Him for answers and peace and comfort.  Your circumstances may not change, but God won't change either.  He wants to be close to you, just as you would comfort your child who is broken-hearted.  He will do the same for you!

Read Sarah's journey here:  


3. Your circumstances are difficult, but your circumstances do not define you

Circumstances don't define you - 3 Truths in Psalm 34

After my divorce I had a very real identity crisis.  I had just moved in with my parents, with 3 children under the age of 10.  I began to wonder whether I had what it takes to just survive in this life.  I doubted my ability to do anything right.  I felt like I was failing at everything.  

During this very difficult time I discovered Jesus, and slowly began to hear that He loves me and I am enough, just as I am.  I can lean on Him and find answers and how I should live.  It took a long time to believe it in my heart and not just in my head.  Eventually, through reading His Word, and through prayer, He convinced me that I am enough and I am loved, even though my circumstances made me feel like a loser. 

Do you feel like your situation defines you as a person?  It's not true!  He says that, "The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles."  Psalm 34:17 NIV.  Would He do that if He thought you were not worthy because of your circumstances?  Put another way, if your child cried out to you for advice and help, would you say, "No, you weren't perfect.  You messed up your life so I won't help you because you're a bad person."  No way!   You would welcome them with open arms and separate the circumstances from your child's character.  

Your circumstances do not define you!  You are His child, therefore you are loved and precious in God's sight.  Let that sink in.  BELIEVE it!

Accept His truth, not the lies

As God's children, we have a very real enemy who "...prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."  1 Peter 5:8 NIV.  He doesn't show himself with a pitchfork and horns, but he whispers doubts in your ear, and says, "If God really loved you, this awful thing wouldn't have happened, or you've messed up so badly that you're beyond God's love and help."  It's a lie!

Remember that you may be crushed in spirit right now, but you are not crushed.  You may be broken-heart right now but you are not broken, and God is with you.  You are in awful circumstances right now, but He defines you, not your circumstances.

Blessings to you! 


P.S. Do you need prayer?  I will be honored to pray for you.  Send an email to renee@hiddenblessingsdecor.com, and it will be kept completely confidential.




Renee Woodford
Renee Woodford

I am a grateful follower of Jesus Christ, wife, mother, and grandmother to the most amazing little girl, Olivia!

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