We See God There

We See God There

November 17

Read: PSALM 123

There is a special relationship between God and people who suffer. I don’t say this to downplay the pain of suffering or to glorify people who are begging for mercy, but Scripture makes clear that suffering produces a dependence on God. My favorite psalm is Psalm 34, especially verses 6 and 18: “This poor soul cried, and was heard by the LORD….The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.”

In our psalm today, the petitioner is in a position of obvious dependence. The community is at the end of their rope. They’ve had more than enough contempt, their souls filled with the scorn of others. No one ever hopes for suffering. Yet over and over, we are promised that this is when God is most present to us. Where is God showing up in the places where you are begging for mercy?

Lord, please be near to the brokenhearted. Give us the ability to sense your mercy there. AMEN.

About the Author

Nathan Salinas || I serve as co-lead pastor of Sunset Covenant Church in Portland, Oregon, where I do a bit of everything. I am married to Erin, who works as a gynecologic oncologist, and we have a three-year-old daughter, Miah, and at the time of this writing we are expecting a baby boy in September. I completed a year of seminary at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary before completing my master of divinity degree at North Park Theological Seminary. I am interested in how our theology informs our everyday living and our understanding of how the world should function. Outside of church, I serve as an adviser to the Multnomah County Sheriff, advocating for the increase of community release programs, substance recovery programs while incarcerated, and reentry services. I like to go biking, boat on the Willamette River, visit the park with my daughter, and eat out in the vibrant Portland food scene.

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