The righteous call out and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. Psalm 34:17
This passage deals with our troubles and how we handle them. Many of the Psalms indicate God’s desire to heal us from broken hearts. So, what causes a broken heart? In our human experience, there are many, many things which can break our hearts. The question for us is “What breaks God’s heart?”
We know that illness, losses of any type, disappointments, etc., can all break our hearts. That is natural, and because we have emotions, those types of issues have the capacity to break our hearts. In Psalm 30 we see that God has anger when we fail to give Him the respect and place in our world that He deserves. What makes God angry is when we believe that we can survive without Him and His care for us. In Psalm 34 David said, “This poor man called, and the Lord heard him…” David was not poor in resources or money. However, when he recognized his poverty of ability to save himself, that is when God heard his prayer, and His anger lifted.
When we believe that we do not need God, God can turn His face from us for a season in order to show us our poverty. When God turns His face from us, His heart is broken. That should break our heart. When it does, we are restored to fellowship with Him, and His grace and healing overwhelm us. When we call upon God, He is faithful to restore us. He brings us from the pit of despair into the recognition that He is in control when we are not, and that is the security that causes us to rejoice.
The Lord is always available to lift us up and heal our broken hearts. He restores us as a loving father restores his child, because that is the desire of the father’s heart.
Prayer: Father, you restore us as soon as we ask for restoration, and you heal us in your time and your ways. Thank you for loving us when we least deserve it and for the healing that is available in you, Amen.