I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalm 34:1 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Psalm 34:1-3
Praising the Lord is a wonderful practice that can help in the healing of our broken hearts. The devil would like us to be miserable and stay in a depressed state, but we must resist his encouragement to do so. Remembering to praise God as much as possible will definitely make a difference in our overall spiritual, mental, and emotional health.
What can we praise God for when everything in our lives seems to be falling apart? We can praise Him for loving us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to set us free from our sin. We can praise God for every breath we take and for the air that we breathe. Just look around at nature and praise God for every beautiful thing that He created for us to enjoy. Praising God out loud helps heal our spirits and minds as well.
Our Most High God has given us all so much that we can praise Him about. Even the most destitute believers in third world countries praise God for His love for them. It is not about how much we have, but how much we appreciate what the Lord has done for us. He has given us the opportunity to spend eternity with Him through faith in Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord!
Be angry, but don’t sin — don’t let the sun go down before you have dealt with the cause of your anger;
Ephesians 4:26 (Complete Jewish Bible)
Suggested reading: Ephesians 4:26; Psalm 4:4-5
Be angry? Has God really told us that it is okay to be angry? Yes! However, He qualifies that statement by saying, “but don’t sin.” The Bible clearly gives us examples of times when our Most High God was angry and when His Son, Jesus, was angry. Righteous anger—godly anger—is not sin, but can turn into sin if we let it. We must recognize the difference.
It is absolutely normal to feel anger when someone or something has caused us pain and trauma. In fact, anger is often attached to emotional and spiritual pain in our hearts. However, ungodly anger can grow into bitterness, which can then lead to other destructive emotions if it is not dealt with in our own hearts and spirits. It can also cause physical illness. We must be very careful how far we allow the emotion of anger to progress, because we are the ones who will ultimately suffer damage to our hearts, bodies and spirits.
Our hearts can even become hardened concerning God if we are not cautious regarding anger. Healing for our broken hearts is more difficult as a result. Hardened hearts turn away from God—the One who can release the pain and heal them. We need to avoid letting anger develop into sin. Ask God to forgive you if that has happened. Ask Jesus to release the pain and anger from your heart and spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to apply His healing balm. Broken hearts can be healed by the Lord!
And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
Genesis 22:12 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Genesis 22:1-12
Abraham was tested by God when he was asked to sacrifice his precious son, Isaac, on the altar. This must have been a truly heart-wrenching test for a man who had waited decades for this promised son. However, Abraham had the faith that God would provide regardless of how things looked in the natural.
When God asks us to sacrifice something or someone on the altar, spiritually speaking, we may find that difficult depending on how attached we are to that thing or person. Some may find giving time to God difficult, while others may really struggle with letting go of ungodly relationships. Fear and self-pity can also become idols, but we must refuse to allow ourselves to continue to embrace those destructive forces. The Lord knows the idols in our lives that are trying to take His place in our hearts. That is why He asks us to release them and sacrifice them on the altar.
Our Most High God may even ask us to place our broken hearts on His altar to be completely surrendered to Him. Then He will do the spiritual and emotional surgery needed to repair and restore our broken hearts. As we abandon the idols in our lives and surrender completely to God, the Lord will begin healing us with His love, peace, and joy.
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: 2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 11:1
Walking by faith and not by sight is something we must practice and be intentional in doing, especially when we are going through emotional pain and trauma. It seems so unnatural to look at our horrible circumstances and have the faith that they will ever change for the better. We need to develop a supernatural attitude towards what we see all around us.
The enemy, the devil, would like us to keep our eyes on what we see and decide that the pain will never end. Then he can steal our peace and our joy. We cannot give him the victory by having faith in him and his lies!
Our Most High God wants us to see things as He sees them. He sees everything—from the beginning to the end. We only see the present moment. We must take our eyes off the present, what is visible to us, and have faith that God will lead us out of the painful and traumatic times in our lives. This is not denial, but having faith that God is all powerful—that nothing is impossible with Him. As we do this, the healing of our broken hearts can begin by allowing God to direct our focus on His love and the healing power of Jesus Christ.
“I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment.”
Ezekiel 34:16 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Ezekiel 34:11-16
Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He calls those who are brokenhearted into His care so that they can be healed. If you feel broken and weak, ask Jesus to mend those broken places in your heart and spirit. Ask Him to strengthen you and rebuild your stamina in the areas that have been damaged by the pain and trauma you have experienced.
The “cloudy and dark days” (verse 12) that can cause us to stray from the Lord’s care will not last forever—although sometimes it may seem like they will never end. Those days are difficult, depressing, and can be very damaging to our hearts and spirits, but Jesus has the solution to all that pain. His incomparable love is able to heal the most painful places inside of us!
Our Most High God will bring justice for those who have been mistreated and traumatized by others. The victimization of His sheep is never ignored by the Good Shepherd! He does not forget the ones who are responsible for causing trauma in our lives. God will always bring them to justice, whether here in this life, or after they die. We should not be concerned that their actions will go unpunished. God will defend the brokenhearted and deal with the ones who caused their pain. Our focus should be on receiving Jesus’ love and His healing for our pain.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Romans 8:28-30
What an amazing promise from the Most High God! This verse does not say that all things are good, but that all things work together for good in our lives if we love God and have become one of His children through faith in Jesus Christ. However, this promise does not apply to those who are not following the example of His Son, Jesus. Loving God by accepting His gift of salvation and following Jesus as Lord are requirements for this promise to be fulfilled.
If you have suffered emotional, mental, spiritual, or physical pain, you know how difficult it can be to believe that any of those traumatic situations can work together for good. It can seem impossible. However, with God all things are possible, and if we will believe His promises, we will see His magnificent plan come into being in His perfect time.
Let God heal your broken heart and spirit by embracing this and His other promises regardless of your present circumstances. God’s love—through His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit—is more than enough to heal your heart and remove your emotional and spiritual pain. Then, He will use that past pain and trauma for good in your life and the lives of others.
Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the LORD has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”
Judges 6:13 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Judges 6:12-16
Have you ever felt that the Lord was not with you because of the terrible emotional pain and trauma that you were going through, wondering why it was happening? Remember, the Lord promised to always be with you—and He is—whether you can feel His presence or not! He will never leave you.
When it seems like you are suffering pain and trauma alone, the fear of man, fear of defeat and fear of the future can overtake your thoughts and send you into an abyss of despair. However, you must trust that the Lord will lead you out of the situation and be with you along the way. Then, you will have victory over the enemy of hopelessness.
Do not look at current circumstances to decide your future! Your broken heart does not have to last forever. There is always hope for healing. His name is Jesus. He can and will heal your pain and trauma as you look to Him and take His hand on the healing journey. Healing hearts is one of His specialties!