A good place to be (Psalm 34; Lamentations 3)

“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles,” Psalm 34:6

Question, “Where is the best place in the world to be?”  This was the question I possessed to my youngest son as we began our devotion time last week.  As John thought about the question and his answer, I could see in the excitement of his eyes that there were some good places going through his mind.  But there was one problem, “of all the good places,” where was the best place?

Brothers and sisters, it is the same way in our lives as well.  There are many wonderful places where we can go.  I think of the joy I have in going to church with my brothers and sisters.  I also think about the joy of going home every evening.  I think about the wonderful moments when I get to go to my parents home. I think about the brothers and sisters in Malawi Africa.

However these places could never be of joy unless there was another place at the top of my list.  Here is the place, “In the arms of the Lord.”

Think it through:

David has been on the run from Saul for many years.  He is weary of the fight.  David decides to leave Israel and go down to live among the Philistines.  Very quickly he realizes this is a mistake.  We find this story in I Samuel 21:10-15.  In this moment David cries out to God.  God leads David out from the this place.

The verse that speaks most to me in Psalm 34 is verses 18, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”

David realizes his mistake and quickly runs to the Lord.

Psalm 34 has so much to say to the person who is trying to determine where is the best place to be in life.  As I read through this chapter I could not help but see the parallel to the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:2-11.

Those with the right spirit understand the best place to be is in the arms of Jesus.

Our response:

You possible could be going through a hard moment in your life as you read this blog?  It could be that you are unhappy in the place where  you are residing?  If so, I challenge you to consider who wants to guide you and have sweet fellowship with you.  His name is Jesus.  Here is what Jeremiah discovered, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness,” Lamentations 3:22-23.

No matter how weary or how wicked you have become, God is willing to receive you, if you follow the path of Psalm 34:18.  Turn to this path today.  Truly this is the best place to go.

One Response to “A good place to be (Psalm 34; Lamentations 3)”

  1. Jay Owens Says:

    I am starting to think you have written every one of your blogs for the past week specifically for me!

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