Daily Reading & Prayer
Psalm 147:3 "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."
Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
In the 1970s, the Bee Gees penned a soul-stirring tune called How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? This song struck a chord with countless hearts, and it's not hard to see why. After all, who among us hasn't experienced the ache of a shattered heart at some point? It could have been triggered by a person, a relationship, or a challenging circumstance. Life's trials often carve out hollow spaces in our hearts, leaving wounds that seem insurmountable. Yet, it's precisely in those moments of pain that God draws closest.
In the text of Psalm 34, we catch a glimpse of David, a man who knew heartbreak intimately. Wrestling with the aftermath of a profound loss, he found solace in the realization that God was near. As we delve into the passage, we witness David not only seeking this comfort, but actively reminding himself of God's unwavering closeness. He continuously affirms the goodness of God, uttering truths that his wounded soul needed to hear.
So, if your heart bears the weight of brokenness or feels crushed by life's trials, take a cue from David. Speak openly about the reality of God's love and goodness. Let his promises echo in the chambers of your heart, for his presence is especially near to those with shattered hearts. In sharing the truth you need to hear, you invite the healing balm of God's love to mend the fractures and bring restoration to your wounded soul.
Identify areas in your life where you feel broken or crushed before God. Surrender the broken pieces of your life to God. Trust him with your pain, disappointments, and uncertainties. Invite the Lord into those areas, acknowledging his sovereignty and control.
Jesus, you are the God who draws near to the brokenhearted and saves those crushed in spirit. We surrender our shattered pieces into your hands. We lay before you our pains, disappointments, and fears. You see the depths of our hearts, and we trust in your unfailing love to heal and restore. In Jesus' name. Amen.