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Psalm 34:15-18

Ever get the feeling someone is watching you? If you have surrendered your life to Christ, then it is exactly how you should feel. That is a blessing of being His and an encouragement in the face of pain, evil and trouble. He, El Roi, sees you right where you are.

In the midst of pain, the psalmist reminds us in verse 15 that “the eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.” There is such reassurance to me to when I cry, whether anyone else sees or not, the Lord does. He hears and He sees and He is leaned towards me in that pain.

When my Dad went Home to be with the Lord, several friends leaned into our pain and served and loved our family well. Since that season, I have felt myself more likely to lean into the pain and loss in another’s life. It was daunting and hard to even know how to enter in and serve before having walked that experience. But on this side of it, by the grace of God, I feel more inclined to lean towards them and feel more equipped on how to minister and love them.

There is a blatant contrast in this psalm as we see in verse 16, “the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.” Evil swirls around us from every angle these days. Who has done evil to you? We certainly see it in our world and culture in the form of racism, murders, and other heinous sins that overflow from a broken, sin seeped world. Though they often affect and bring much grief and pain to the children of God, He promises they do not go unnoticed. Once we see His glorious face, we can know that even the memory of that evil will be long since wiped away. Why? Because “when the righteous (those who have surrendered to follow the Lord) cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.”

The day of vengeance if coming and all this pain, loss, grief and fear will be eradicated and the Lord will have the final say. What a glorious day that will be! But while we live here on this hard, broken, sin soaked planet, we can find rest and peace remembering, “The LORD is near to the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

Your faithful Lord has not forgotten you or left you, even in especially in the pain and grief seasons that wear us out mentally and emotionally. Have you walked or are you walking through a season of pain? Have you been sinned against or hurt by sin or evil? Press into the Lord, pause and acknowledge His presence with you and receive the joy and healing that He offers.


The best way to press into the Lord is to spend time in HIs word, hearing His voice. I’d love to share the simple method I use for doing this. Drop your email below to receive email updates and the printable PDF, Tend: How to Hear the Gardener’s Voice.

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