Psalm 143:4–12 4Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; My heart within me is desolate. 5I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands. 6I stretch forth my hands unto thee: My soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah. 7Hear me speedily, O Lord: my spirit faileth: Hide not thy face from me, Lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. 8Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; For in thee do I trust: Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; For I lift up my soul unto thee. 9Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. 10Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: Thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. 11Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name’s sake: For thy righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble. 12And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, And destroy all them that afflict my soul: For I am thy servant.
Have you had your heart broken?
Has it seemed that vessel, like a broken vase, can no longer contain its contents?
Empty heart and every attempt at refilling resulting in tears creeping from the cracks?
What do you do when your heart has been crushed until it feels empty?
Perhaps we can find the answer from David in Psalm 143. Notice what he had to say in the first verse from our reading.
Psalm 143:4 Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; My heart within me is desolate.
The Psalmist finds his heart desolate, lonely, and empty but it is what he says next that may help the hollow heart fill.
Psalm 143:5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.
I believe that the intentional exercise of the memory is one of the best things one can do for heart health.
Recollecting God’s blessings stored away in your somewhere in your mind will provide hope and pump up that deflated heart of yours.
Look at his Word, meditate on your Maker, ponder his greatness and his glory and you will no doubt go confident in his capabilities for your future.
Ok, so I have a confession, I believe with all that is within me that what I have said is certain.
I know it, but I am presently testing this hypothesis by faith.
Like the man Mark’s gospel, I am saying “I believe, help thou mine unbelief”
Is there another among you who needs to join me?
Readings for 12/17/20