When Your Heart Is Breaking, Part 1
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
Can you believe it is the year 2018? I don’t know about you, but as I grow older, it seems the years are passing faster! For many folks, the new year offers the opportunity to make a new resolution or the opportunity to mend a broken resolution from last year. But no matter what, the fact is we are bringing ourselves assuredly into 2018, and that may mean a broken heart, as well.
Perhaps you or someone you know has been thrown by a medical report that presents itself to be a great challenge this new year. It may be guilt over past sin, or betrayal by a friend that has stepped over the fence into this new year. You may be continuing to battle loneliness, despair, or depression. The Bible says that David, the author of Psalm 34, was a man after God’s own heart, which means that he had a teachable and open heart. He wasn’t perfect; no one is! David sinned greatly, but through it all, He understood Who God was as he understood God’s nature.
And that is why during an intense time in his life, He praised God for His care for him in this Psalm. Notice in the verse listed above, that David knew from experience, that when he was brokenhearted and crushed in spirit, he also knew that God was near his pain, near his struggle, near his heart that had been broken into many pieces (as the literal interpretation of this verse reads). Go to God today in your brokenness, praising Him because He is near and that He is your stay through it all! Christ is your refuge! He will never abandon you!