The Lord lifts the burdens of those bent beneath their loads.
Psalm 142 :3(a)
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path;” NKJV
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ NKJV
Psalm 57:1-3 (ESV)
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.
Cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
He will send from heaven and save me;
Answer me, O LORD, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me. Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble. Come near and rescue me; redeem me because of my foes. You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed; all my enemies are before you. NIV
The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came upon me; I was overcome by trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the LORD: “O LORD, save me!” The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The LORD protects the simple hearted; when I was in great need, he saved me. Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you. NIV
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. NKJV
The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.
You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.
Psalm 119:49, 50
Remember the word to Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.
Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God.
Lam. 3: 19ff
I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
I cry out to the LORD with my voice; with my voice to the LORD I make my supplication. I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk they have secretly set a snare for me. Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one who acknowledges me; Refuge has failed me; no one cares for my soul. I cried out to You, O LORD: I said, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living. Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low; deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than I. Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name; the righteous shall surround me, for You shall deal bountifully with me.” NKJV
Meditation on Psalm 142:3 by John Newton (1725 – 1807) in “Cardiphonia”.
The Lord is not withdrawn to a great distance but His eye is upon you. He sees you not with the indifference of a mere spectator; but He observes with attention, he knows, he considers your path: yea, He appoints it and every circumstance about it is under His direction. Your trouble began at the hour He saw best – it could not come before; and He has marked the degree of it to a hair’s breadth, and its duration to a minute. He knows likewise how your spirit is affected; and such supplies of grace and strength, and in such seasons as He sees needful, He will afford in due season. So that when things appear darkest, you will be able to say, “though chastened, not killed”. Therefore hope in God, for you shall yet praise Him.