Serve the Lord with gladness and delight;
Come before His presence with joyful singing.
Psalm 100:2 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Psalm 100:1-5
Serving the Lord can look very different, depending on our culture, our environment, our maturity level, and the stage or season of our life. Everyone, including mothers, fathers, students, teachers, doctors, business owners, employees, farmers, shepherds, missionaries, and ministers, can serve the Lord in their daily lives. For example, children can serve the Lord by being respectful and obedient to their parents.
As we do whatever the Lord has given us the opportunity to do in this life, we should do it with gladness and delight. However, a broken heart can dampen our ability to feel glad. Joyful singing may seem impossible at times. We may even become numb to feelings of gladness and joy as a result of the pain and trauma that we have experienced. Anything that inhibits our capacity for joy and gladness must be addressed and resolved.
Jesus Christ can release emotional pain and trauma from our hearts and spirits. He alone can heal the brokenhearted in a lasting way. We cannot serve the Lord in freedom until we have received healing for painful and traumatic situations that have caused the numbing of our emotions. The Lord wants us to joyfully sing to Him. Ask Him to heal your heart and spirit of whatever may be preventing you from doing so. A personal relationship with Jesus is the key to the restoration of peace in our hearts, minds, and spirits.
Now Jesus was telling the disciples a parable to make the point that at all times they ought to pray and not give up and lose heart,
Luke 18:1 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Luke 18:1-8
Jesus taught the disciples to pray at all times! This parable is a wonderful reminder that we must be persistent as we pray, including praying for healing for our broken hearts. As we persevere in faith for healing, not in denial regarding the emotional and/or spiritual pain we are carrying, the Lord will be faithful in answering our prayers in His perfect timing.
Jesus also instructed the disciples to not give up—to not lose heart. So many times, we give up and lose heart before we see the answer to our prayers in the natural realm. There is a very real war taking place in the spiritual realm, which may sometimes be the reason for delay of the answers to our prayers. However, God knows the beginning to the end, and delay may also be a result of things we cannot imagine that need to happen before His answer comes. Remember that healing is accomplished in God’s timing, not ours.
God is compassionate and He hates to see His children suffer, but He is also just. Those who caused us pain and trauma will be held responsible and receive consequences for their actions on this earth, or before God’s judgment seat after they die. Our responsibility is to pray, to not give up, and to not lose heart. God is faithful. He sent His Son, Jesus, to heal our broken hearts!
And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.
Deuteronomy 31:8 (NKJV)
But ADONAI — it is he who will go ahead of you. He will be with you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you, so don’t be afraid or downhearted.
Deuteronomy 31:8 (Complete Jewish Bible)
Suggested reading: Deuteronomy 31:6-8
The God of the Universe, the Lord of All Creation, goes before us! He is also with us every minute of every day. He never abandons us as people sometimes do. God never leaves us—period! He never turns His back on us when we go through traumatic situations. His perfect love and comfort are always ready to be applied to our broken hearts.
During and after times of terrible trauma, we should follow God’s instructions regardless of what others think. What God tells us to do may go completely against all conventional wisdom. We must beware of ungodly counsel and only seek advice from people who rely on the Lord for direction in their own lives. Negative words, or word curses, spoken over us can cause us to be afraid and downhearted.
Fear can block the healing of our broken hearts by sending us into an endless cycle of discouragement and depression. Healing for our hearts and spirits may also be hindered when we doubt in our hearts or minds that God even cares. Fear, discouragement, depression and doubt—those are the tools of the enemy, the devil. He does not want us to stand firm in our belief that the Lord is with us and will never leave us. Our faith is a powerful weapon of spiritual warfare and we must protect it—at all costs!
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”
John 5:8 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: John 5:3-9
This verse is just one example of Jesus’ healing power while He walked on this earth. However, Jesus Christ’s life-giving power is not just expressed in physical healing. In fact, the most powerful miracles often happen in people’s hearts and spirits. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, a miracle that affects our eternity takes place. Only God knows how many times this awesome healing event has happened since Jesus rose from the dead!
Multitudes of believers have risen, taken up their bed of emotional and spiritual pain and trauma, and walked into their future with the Lord. If we wait until we are completely healed—whether physically, emotionally, or spiritually—before we become committed to following the Lord, we will miss many opportunities to share His love with others. The Lord knows our need for healing and He often blesses us with it as we go.
If Jesus is our Lord and Savior, complete healing will be accomplished when we make the transition from this life into eternity. However, the pain broken hearts carry can be released and our hearts can be healed by the power of Jesus’ love and sacrifice for us. It is generally a process that continues over time. Having the faith that healing is possible by trusting the Lord and following His instructions will eventually result in the desired freedom from emotional and spiritual pain and trauma.
The LORD your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Zephaniah 3:14-17
We must never forget that the Lord, our God, is always with us. He saves us from things that we do not even realize are happening in the spiritual realm. We have no idea how many times He has orchestrated events in our lives that kept us safe from harm. He is the Mighty One and there is no other who compares to His power and love!
What an amazing promise we have in that the Mighty One will quiet us with His love! However, we need to allow the Lord to comfort us and heal our hearts. As we invite Him into our lives and ask Him to heal the pain and trauma in our hearts, His love will bring a quietness and peace to our spirits as well.
When we face extremely sorrowful and difficult days, thinking about our Most High God rejoicing over us with singing will fill our hearts with joy and anticipation for the time when we see Him face to face. While we are on this earth, our hearts get broken in many ways. Meditating on the fact that the Lord, our God, rejoices over us will help heal our broken hearts and give us the strength we need each day.
We are pressured in every way [hedged in], but not crushed; perplexed [unsure of finding a way out], but not driven to despair; hunted down and persecuted, but not deserted [to stand alone]; struck down, but never destroyed;
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (AMP)
Suggested reading: 2 Corinthians 4:8-11
After describing what sounds like absolutely horrible circumstances, Paul ends this statement with, “But never destroyed.” We must keep this in mind when we find ourselves pressured in every way, or we are unsure of finding a way out of traumatic and heart-breaking situations. Having a broken heart does not have to be the end of the story!
Broken hearts, carrying emotional and spiritual pain, can be used by the kingdom of darkness during spiritual warfare against us. It can feel like we are in a pressure cooker that is ready to explode. If emotional or spiritual pain is triggered, we may act in ungodly ways, giving the devil some satisfaction. He may also encourage us to dive into the abyss of self-pity when we are under tremendous pressure. His ideal result of that pressure would be for us to despair.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we should not let the devil lead us to despair! Despair is a deep feeling of utter hopelessness. We always have the hope that we are never alone and that we will spend eternity in heaven. Faith—in what the Most High God did for us by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to offer the way for our sins to be forgiven—provides our way out of despair and the path to healing for our broken hearts!
But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear.
Isaiah 59:2 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Isaiah 59:1-3
It can be very frustrating when believers pray, but feel like God is not listening to them. Sometimes when that happens, there is sin they have committed that needs to be confessed to God. Sin that hangs over us can also block the healing of emotional and spiritual pain. It destroys our joy. It is difficult to be joyful when we have disobeyed the Lord in some way.
Sin that has not been confessed—and discontinued—can be a blockage to receiving healing for our broken hearts. Jesus came, died, and rose again so that we could be forgiven for our sins. However, ignoring sin that we have committed definitely affects our relationship with our heavenly Father.
The good news is that you can rectify this situation. If you have already sincerely asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, confess known sin to God and ask Him to forgive you in Jesus’ name. If you have not yet taken the step of receiving the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, do that first. Then, you have the privilege of being forgiven by God and can talk to Him about anything that troubles you, including your broken heart. Let Him begin the healing you need as you surrender your life—with all its pain and trauma—to His loving care.