When Your Heart Is Breaking, Part 2
“I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
When David wrote Psalm 34 under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he was remembering a time in which he ran into enemy territory in a panic in-order-to escape King Saul of Israel who was in hot pursuit and whose number one desire was to capture and kill David. Historically, the Bible says David sought refuge in the land of the Philistines ruled by King Achish. Not long after that however, the king’s men reminded him that David was an enemy, and overhearing them, when brought before the king, David pretended to be mad with hopes the king would let him go, which he did! (See I Samuel 21:10-15). Many folks are living under the load of paralyzing fear: fear of cancer, fear of death, fear of the unknown, fear of failure and defeat, fear of the enemy! When David heard the king’s men warn him of his presence at court (as all Israelites were arch enemies of the Philistines), I Samuel 21:12 reads, “ And David took these words to heart, and greatly feared Achish king of Gath.”
What are you afraid of that has been causing you to lose sleep at night? (A fear so great that it is breaking your heart to pieces). Don’t run into enemy territory, but surrender that fear to God in prayer and invite the Spirit of the living Christ to deliver you from all your fears. And, as you read the Scriptures and pray, God will begin to replace your fear(s) with an assurance of His presence and resolution.