"Is there any coffee left?" "I lost a glove." "Where can I find a hot meal?"
There's a steady stream of people who stop by the urban day shelter. The staff listens to their pleas for help and does their best to respond to the physical needs of these homeless men and women.
According to Psalm 34, God offers even more. God hears the inner cries of the poor; God listens to their fears, their shame, and their distress. God knows their broken hearts and crushed spirits. God rescues the poor.
How do I know that God's saving power is present in the shelter? I;ve never met so many people who consistently respond to the question, "How are you?" with "I'm blessed," and really mean it.
Psalm 34 invites all of us, whether poor in possessions or poor in spirit, to cry out to God in all of our pain.