The Lord Is Nigh – Psalm 145:18-19

Psalm 145:18-19 – The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.  He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

I honestly cannot think of anything more comforting or wonderful than knowing that the Creator of the universe hears my prayers and will save me. When we need Him, He is close. Unlike others, God can hear your pleas and respond to them from anywhere.

However, note that the psalmist says that truth and fear are essential. Genuine reverence for God is critical to our relationship. Imagine someone coming to you making all kinds of false promises and then proudly making demands. How would you respond? You just might ignore them.

Isaiah provides some insight. “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:1-2).

Here is where humility comes in. If we want comfort and guidance from the Lord, we need to submit to Him. We must approach Him with penitent hearts.

Jesus said that the prayers of the proud Pharisee would fail. However, the Master said, “And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted” (Luke 18:13-14).

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