Psalm 34:15 The eyes of Yahveh are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry for help.
Psalm 34:16 The face of Yahveh is set against those who do what is evil, to remove all memory of them from the land.
Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and Yahveh hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.
Psalm 34:18 Yahveh is near the brokenhearted; he saves those who are breathing dust.
The previous section of this psalm invited us to learn how to fear God. This section tells us what kind of attitude and mindset we will need in order to benefit from our lessons.
Notice that people who are ready to learn how to fear God are humbled enough by their sins that they cry out for help (15,17). They are brokenhearted, and low – so low that they are breathing dust.
Lord, we need you. Please help us.