I Was Just Thinking About – HEARTBREAK.
Yesterday’s Blog shared some thoughts about heartaches – the cause and some remedies for those who seek and walk with the Lord. Today’s Blog is an attempt to look through the window of our soul, as well as through the window of Heaven, to learn about the deeper and more intense presence of HEARTBREAK and God’s available remedy.
In Psalm 34:17-20 (ESV), David shares these words of conviction and confidence: “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.” In verse 18, what does the broken-heart mean or represent?
Charles H. Spurgeon in the Treasury of David shares these thoughts regarding verse 18: The Lord is “Near in friendship to accept and console. Broken hearts think God far away, when he is really most near them; their eyes are holden (hindered or restrained) so that they see not their best friend. Indeed, he is with them, and in them, but they know it not. They run hither and thither, seeking peace in their own works, or in experiences, or in proposals and resolutions, whereas the Lord is nigh them, and the simple act of faith will reveal him. And saves such as be of a contrite spirit. What a blessed token for good is a repentant, mourning heart! Just when the sinner condemns himself, the Lord graciously absolves him.”
There are words of reassurance in Psalm 147:1-6 for those who are weighed down with the burdens and cares of life, “Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. The Lord…heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds… Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; His understanding is beyond measure. The Lord lifts up the humble.”
What is the basic cause of your broken-heart? What things are weighing you down? What have you sought as a remedy for your Heartbreak? What if we all would seek out the Lord before resorting to the prescribed remedies of a Psychologist or Psychiatrist? What if we found some who have a vital Prayer Ministry where there would be confidentially as a felt need(s) were shared transparently before the Lord rather than attending some ancillary organization? What if we truly believed the words written by David in Psalm 55:22 and practiced more immediately the act of faith as we heeded: “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved”? What if in the time of greatest need or persecution we applied the words in I Peter 5:7 of, “Casting all your anxieties (cares, burdens, fears) on him, because He cares for you”? The Lord will truly cause and make a difference in our lives as we heed His Word.
Prayerfully – consider these things with me.