There are many applications to the interpretation of this verse but the one that is nearest and dearest to my heart is that of God’s compassion on the humbly broken while reaffirming His resolve against the pridefully rebellious, while at the same time reminding us to place all of our trust in Him who will not fail us and in no other. This theme and promise is carried throughout the remainder of the chapter saying in verse 6, “I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee“.
This powerful and comforting message is echoed through the scriptures as God ever seeks to encourage those who have been wounded without cause, and more so, those who have been wounded for the cause of Christ. Note that this promise does not apply to those who are enduring hardships of their own making because of intentional rebellion to God’s word, warnings, or instructions. We know that Colossians 3:6 tells us clearly that “because of these things’ the wrath of God cometh upon the children of disobedience.” God’s word is clear, He will not quench the fires of His wrath and judgment on the disobedient less they humble themselves and repent, yet at the same time He will never refuse the deep heartfelt prayers of His precious humble obedient and grieving servants who come before Him tearfully baring the wounds of righteousness.
“O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” – Psalms 51:15-17
“The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” – Psalms 34:15-19