Advent Psalms – Tuesday of Week Three

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.
O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord, and was saved from every trouble.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.
The face of the Lord is against evildoers, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the broken-hearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord rescues them from them all.
He keeps all their bones; not one of them will be broken.
Evil brings death to the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Psalm 34:1-8, 15-22

Verse 18 screams to me today: The Lord is near to the broken-hearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.

The world can be and is a place were broken hears and crushed spirits reside and none more so at this present moment than in Aleppo and indeed in other areas of Syria.  My prayer today is that God will be with those people, whose hearts are broken and spirits crushed and that he will also be with those who can put an end to this madness guiding them and giving them courage to firstly let humanitarian aid in and secondly to find a lasting peace.

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