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“My eyes are on the brokenhearted.”
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34.18)
One day I couldn’t find the remote control, so I looked under the couch cushion. There it was. But something else was there, a crushed grape. Gross, how long had it been there?
Its glossy green no longer ripe, it was now a faded brown. Its plump roundness no longer full, it now lay flat. The grape had been forgotten. What good was it now? It had been crushed.
In Psalm 34.18, the word save means to “remove someone from oppression.” God finds the ones who have lost their color and their shape. The ones who have been forgotten. He finds the ones who are barely recognizable. The ones who don’t seem like much good.
And He delivers them from their oppression. And they become a pleasant fruit, not crushed, but saved. And they bear fruit themselves. Because He saved them.