The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

There is a way that I can be certain to have the Lord near to me. There is a way for me to be certain that I experience His salvation. The key to intimacy with God is brokenness. I must seek to be broken before the Lord and to have my hard heart crushed in humility. I am a proud person. There is absolutely no reason for me to be proud. Yet, I am. So many times, I try to stand against the situations in my life on my own, using my own reasoning or my own solutions. I make my plans and I ask God to bless them. I design solutions to my problems and ask God to make them happen. If I am truthful, in each of these situations, I see that it all revolves around my wishes, wants, and perceived needs. David knew how to be near the LORD. He knew he needed to be contrite and broken. Isaiah reveals the same thing (Isaiah 57:15). There we read that God lives with the one who is contrite and broken before Him. God revives the heart of the broken. He brings real life into the heart of the contrite. This is a moment-by-moment struggle in my life, as I constantly seek to be humble before my King. I long to have the Lord close to me because I am brokenhearted before Him.
LORD, please help me to be brokenhearted before you. I long to have you constantly reviving me every moment of the day as we walk together in sweet and precious communion. I acknowledge that my spirit needs to be crushed Lord. Many times, I am like a wild stallion before you and in your loving patience, you break me of the will that stands against your love. Amen.