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All articles written by Joyce Jamerson

  • Looking into the Heart of the Matter - Introduction
  • An Understanding Heart
  • A Servant's Heart
  • A Tender Heart
  • A Broken Heart

Looking into the Heart of the Matter

Introduction

Joyce Jamerson 

      How are you with “heart expressions”?  “Aw, have a heart!”  Give it a try.  Don’t be half-hearted!  I hope you’ll investigate this page and from the bottom of my heart, I hope you’ll keep reading, and can put your whole heart in it.  Maybe you’re still pining over a heartthrob from college and don’t want to think about matters of the heart.  Well, this isn’t a series about romantic love, so from the depths of my heart, I’m hoping that we can get right down to the heart of the matter in this series of studies.   

      In our last issue, the theme was Psalm 23, so this page focused on our hearts, using David as an example.  This year, I thought we might look within a little more intently with a deeper study of the heart.  There are so many possibilities!   

      My PC Study Bible tells me the NASV has 726 references for the word heart.  Of course, we realize that this type of heart is located in our heads (our minds), not in the organ that beats in our chest.  (Funny, the word brain is not mentioned at all in Scripture.)  As we scan the Old Testament, we see that hearts can be arrogant or proud; hearts can be tender and hearts can be lifted with joy and delight.  We see the hardening of Pharoah’s heart as he stubbornly refused to accommodate the children of Israel in any way.  After they were led out of Egypt, their hearts were stirred to build the tabernacle, Exodus 35.  They were told to seek the Lord and they would find Him if they searched with their heart and soul, Deuteronomy 4:29.  God’s heart was grieved when the intent of man’s heart was evil.   

      We might describe hearts as being trusting, tender, open, patient, courageous, wise, loving and many other positive things.  How about happy?  To the contrary, hearts can be broken, heavy, wounded, hardened or deceitful and if convicted or frightened, the heart can tremble.   

      In Jeremiah 17:10 we find that God searches the heart: 

“I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to each man according to his ways, according to the results of his deeds." NASV.  

      God cares about the condition of our hearts.  He’s much more concerned with what is in our hearts than anything we do on the outside; cares more about repentance than any of our outward attempts to impress others.  We need to learn all we can about our heart/mind and how it works so we can not only improve ourselves but also be approved by God. 

      Our will, our thoughts, our emotions and feelings all make up our heart.  Are we really responsible for the way we think and for what is in our heart?  Proverbs 23 seems to think so.  Verse 7 says, “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.”  That should give us reason for pause and inward inspection.  Can our inner thoughts be our downfall?  Are we willing to hide the Word of God in our heart? Psalm 119:11.  Later on in this Psalm, the writer says, “Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law and keep it with all my heart,” 119:34.  

      So, it seems as if we have a task before us in learning about the heart.  Just look at the usage in Psalm 119 alone.

2: How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart.

7: I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart,

10: With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments.

11: Your word I have treasured in my heart,

32: I shall run the way of Your commandments, for You will enlarge my heart.

34: Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law and keep it with all my heart.

36: Incline my heart to Your testimonies and not to dishonest gain.

58: I sought Your favor with all my heart...

69: The arrogant have forged a lie against me; with all my heart I will observe Your precepts.

70: Their heart is covered with fat, but I delight in Your law.

80: May my heart be blameless in Your statutes, so that I will not be ashamed.

111: I have inherited Your testimonies forever, for they are the joy of my heart.

112: I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes forever, even to the end.

145: I cried with all my heart; answer me, O LORD!  I will observe Your statutes.

161: Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of Your words.  

      In this next year, we’ll look at happy hearts, trusting hearts and those that are patient and courageous – even broken hearts.  Difficulty comes to all of us and a broken heart may need some special care.  Daniel was comforted during a very difficult time because he had set his heart to understand and humbled himself before God. Daniel knew the same principle found in Romans 8:6; to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 

      The promise from Jesus is, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God,” Matthew 5:8.  So our prayer should be to develop our hearts, so we can draw closer; see God more clearly. 

      So, have a heart.  Make a determination to study along with me this year, in matters of the heart.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we could be refreshed with these Bible principles and know them “by heart?” 

For Meditation – the foremost commandment:  “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength,” Mark 12:30-31. 
 
 
 

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Heart of the Matter

An Understanding Heart 

Joyce Jamerson 
 

      “Well, you just don’t understand!”  As a mother, a co-worker or a wife, how many times have you heard that?  Do you remember having said that to your own parents? Regardless of age or position, it’s important to be understood.  After assigning certain jobs to our boys, I would then ask:  “Do you understand?”  (Hearing what was said and understanding what was said were two different things!) The job would not be completed properly if that understanding didn’t take place.  We need understanding in personal relationships, in our workplaces and in our spiritual lives.   

      Surely, in this context, the person we remember most in Scripture is the one who asked for understanding in 1 Kings 3:9.  Solomon said: 

 "So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?"  

And beginning in verse 10, we see God's Answer: 

“It was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.  God said to him, "Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice,  behold, I have done according to your words. Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you.  " I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there will not be any among the kings like you all your days. " If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father David walked, then I will prolong your days."  

      God rewarded Solomon because of his request and because of what was already known about Solomon’s heart.  God wants our hearts as well, and He wants us to recognize the source of our understanding, just as David did when he passed the temple building torch to Solomon, 1 Chronicles 22: 12.   

      Early on, God chose men to work on the tabernacle and then placed within them wisdom and an understanding of their craft.  It wasn’t good enough just to work; they needed understanding about the work.  When we understand a certain concept, do we even think of giving glory to God for being able to grasp those details?  

      What promotes understanding?  Can an understanding heart be developed?  Proverbs 2:1-5 gives us the answer:    

My son, if you will receive my words  and treasure my commandments within you, make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; for if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; yhen you will discern the fear of the LORD and discover the knowledge of God. 
 

      The meditations in Psalm 119 recognize the source of understanding as the precepts of God.  Over and over the requests for understanding are connected with God’s Word.  The Word is sweeter than honey and the unfolding of those words give light (understanding). 

      In the 48 times the word understanding is mentioned in Proverbs, the gist is that we cannot lean on our own understanding.  Incline your heart! (2:2) Lift your voice!  (2:3) To gain it, give attention! (4:1) Knowledge of the Holy One is understanding! (9:4) 

      Daniel was said to be “endowed with understanding and discerning knowledge,” 1:4.  Jonathan in 1 Chronicles 27:32 was said to be a man of understanding. 

      How does all this relate to us?  We cannot search for something without having a goal. Whatever we want to better understand, we need to gather our wisdom on that subject from the Word of God.  An understanding heart is an educated heart.   

“Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth,” Proverbs 4:5.

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding,” Proverbs 4:7.

“How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding is rather to be chosen than silver!” Proverbs 16:16 

Then we can confidently proclaim, as Hannah in 1 Samuel 2, that “there is no one holy like the Lord...For the Lord is a God of knowledge.” 

For meditation:

Take time to read her prayer and then ask yourself this question: 

What will it take for our understanding to be grounded as well as Hannah’s? 

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Heart of the Matter

A Servant’s Heart

Joyce Jamerson 
 

      Some time ago, a long time friend told me a story – a true story.  As she was walking to her car from the church building, she saw a piece of trash in the parking lot.  Thinking to herself “It’s not my responsibility to pick that up,” she began to have second thoughts. “Well, if it’s not my responsibility, whose responsibility is it?”  And with that reality check, she went back to pick it up.  She has a servant’s heart. 

      Because of the extra effort required, it’s just not convenient to be a servant today.    From The Living Bible, look at Ecclesiastes 11:4.  “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.”  On some days, we never seem to get in gear, so maybe that’s why!  We’re just waiting for perfect conditions.  It’s too cold or too hot or too rainy; the car has too much mileage, our clothes aren’t good enough, bad hair day, etc.  Procrastination is surely high on our list of hindrances; serving is just not popular, must less convenient.  Maybe we can set aside next Tuesday to be available to serve.  

      Since we’re getting right down to the heart of the matter, have you wondered how Paul would react to some of our excuses?  In Acts 28, just after Paul and his companions were shipwrecked on the island of Malta, the island people built a fire to warm the castaways.  I’m sure they were all wet and cold after their narrow escape and we can picture them huddled around the fire, being attended to by others.  But wait a minute - what was Paul doing?  Surely he was as cold, wet and miserable as all the others, but he was finding a way to be helpful; picking up sticks for the fire.   

      Paul was a man of faith.  Jesus had set the bar for him; He didn’t come to be served – but to serve, Mark 10:45. Consider Paul’s comment in Philippians 2:3-4:  “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”   

      How often do we let selfishness control us and yet this scripture says “do nothing from selfishness.” Humility of mind?  What an interesting comment!  We tend to define humility as shyness; not offering an opinion or having much self worth.    If we are quiet in nature, we can use that quietness to serve others and let them know we care about them.  If we are fiercely competitive, we can still be humble as we seek to tone down the competitiveness and put that energy into helping someone who needs a positive outlook, an encouraging word or a helping hand.   

        “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers,” Galatians 6:10.   

      “I’ll do that one of these days” is not servant language! 

      Paul and Timothy both describe themselves as servants in Philippians 1:1.  They had taught the Philippians and were partners together with them, in the spreading of the Gospel.  They brought joy to Paul and Timothy when they thought of and prayed for them.  Paul, in verse 7 said, “It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart,” NIV.  Paul had them all wrapped up in his servant heart, not only because he cared but because of being united in heart with the Philippians.  Paul was open and kept a level head.  He didn’t nit-pick to see if others were worthy of his serving.  A servant doesn’t get to choose the perfect scenario before he serves!  Servants can’t change others; they can’t fix others.  They just serve.  They bite their tongues and conveniently forget injustices that come their way.  

      The inheritance” is a Louisa Mae Alcott story about Edith Adelon, a young orphan who was adopted to be a companion (a glorified servant) to the only daughter of the Hamilton family who owned the lush Evanswood estate in England.  As the story unfolds, Edith is known to be helpful to others, soft spoken, gentle and kind; patient and loving, even to a fault.  Edith knew her history and was grateful to be counted part of this wonderful family.  She knew she was blessed and was happiest when serving.  Part of her young wisdom included this statement:  “A person’s face will change over a lifetime; the heart can stay true forever.”  Her heart did stay true, even when it was to her advantage to reveal certain information that would have given her considerable advantages.  Her comment?  “I already had everything I’ve ever wanted.”  The story has a bit of intrigue and a surprise ending, so I won’t spoil it, in case you want to view the film or read the book. 

      Can our hearts be trained?  A servant clearly isn’t a second class citizen or a slave.  With special care, servants can even be leaders!  If we are leaders in our churches or communities, can we still humbly lead with servant hearts?   

      As we think of the leadership of Jesus and the apostles, with what terms would you describe Jesus?  We might begin with being planned and having a purpose, as well as Holy, Eternal, and Deliverer?  These all denote His strength, but when Jesus gives us a glimpse of His inner self, He says: 

 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls,” Matthew 11:28-29 NIV. (emphasis mine) 

      The heart of Jesus – leading with a humble heart.  He was here to do the will of His Father and so must we be!  How can our hearts be trained?   

      Would we dare to ask as David did in Psalm 26:2:  “Examine me, O LORD, and try me; test my mind and my heart,” NASV.  We might be afraid to issue such an invitation. I’m afraid my heart would come up lacking!  Servant-hood suggests diligence, faithfulness and loyalty and oh, yes – humility as we mentioned earlier. 

      I wrote down a quote some time ago and my apologies for failing to record the source.  “When people follow image conscious leaders, the leader is exalted.  When they follow leaders with servant hearts, the Lord God is exalted.”   

A servant with a good heart listens and follows directions.

Let’s do that...at the feet of Jesus. 

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Heart Matters

A Tender Heart

Joyce Jamerson 

Once there was a little boy, about 8 years old, who quite by accident broke the rim of his mother’s crock-pot.  Since it was in a seldom used cabinet, his error was not discovered, so days went by without anyone noticing.  Then, one day when he came home from school, he opened the door of the cabinet and burst into tears.  The evidence was still there.  Not being able to stand it any more, he confessed to his mother what he had done.  His tender little heart wouldn’t let him keep it a secret any longer. 

Centuries before, another little 8 year old boy named Josiah became king of Judah.  Judah desperately needed a good leader after the disastrous reign of Josiah’s father, Amon.  Josiah’s mentor, Hilkiah the priest, obviously had tremendous influence as the boy grew and matured, as did others.  In the 18th year of his reign, the decision was made to repair damages to the temple and in the process of doing that, a book of the Law was found.  Shaphan the scribe read it in the presence of the king and we begin to see the tenderness of the king’s heart.  So convicted by its message, Josiah began to tear his clothes in grief and sorrow over what had become of Judah. He could clearly see the error of their ways. A group was sent to Huldah, the prophetess for instructions and she sent this word, found in 2 Kings 22:18-20. 

    'Thus says the LORD God of Israel, "Regarding the words which you have heard, because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants that they should become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before Me, I truly have heard you," declares the LORD. Therefore, behold, I will gather you to your fathers, and you will be gathered to your grave in peace, and your eyes will not see all the evil which I will bring on this place."' 
     

Because his heart was tender, Josiah earned Judah a reprieve!  His distress had become a blessing.  Even prominent leaders can have tender hearts.   

    The good influence of godly citizens causes a city to prosper, but the moral decay of the wicked drives it downhill,” Proverbs 11:11. TLB 

Our hearts – not the physical ones that beat, but the emotional ones in our brain - are “command central,” the very center of our being.  It’s interesting to see the references to the heart in Psalms and Proverbs.   

Speaking of arrogant wicked leaders in Psalm 119: 70: “Their heart is covered with fat, but I delight in Your law.”   How descriptive!  Every now and then, I get beef bones from a local meat market to make broth.  One order had big chunks of fat clinging to the bones and it was disgusting.  Fat is dense and hard to penetrate.  I could barely cut it off with my sharpest knife.  How appalling to picture your heart covered with fat!   

Just a few verses later in Psalm 119, the writer notes:  “I have inherited Your testimonies forever, for they are the joy of my heart,” v.111. Now, we see what happens when fat melts away and the heart becomes softer and more tender because of the realization that God cared enough to give us His statutes and they will be the joy of our heart. 

A tender heart listens; listens to God and listens to others and exhibits an extended amount of caring.  Satan will target the type of heart that is hard or proud; hearts that will never have this softness for lack of caring.   

Being able to share our hearts and listen to the thoughts and feelings of one another is a great blessing.  Remember Ephesians 4:32?  “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”  This admonition follows quite a list of things to put away in order to develop the tender heart that is kind and forgiving.  

“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.  Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice,” Ephesians 4:29-31. 

Our hearts have to be trained; they are not automatically tender!  We are warned in Proverbs 28:14 that “he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.” 

A tender heart cannot bear the weight of sin just as Josiah could not bear hearing how Judah had misused God’s law.  Neither could the crock pot mishap remain hidden, for the tender hearted little boy could not bear the weight of the secret.  Josiah was a witness to how toughened hearts can lose their sensitivity and started to take the needed steps for correction.   

How are our hearts?  Are they sensitive and sweet?  Or have they been so covered with fat that they have lost their sensitivity?  And what will we do for correction? 

We’ll never feel the pains or sorrows of our sisters if our hearts are not tuned to their needs, nor will we want to establish closer relationships.  We can rebuild our relationships with careful consideration of scripture and of one another. 
 

To sum up, let all be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;  not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing,” 1 Peter 3: 8,9.  NASV  
 

  “And now this word to all of you: You should be like one big happy family, full of sympathy toward each other, loving one another with tender hearts and humble minds,” 1 Peter 3:8.  TLB 

God’s Word:  A tenderizer for hearts

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Heart of the Matter

A Discouraged Heart

Joyce Jamerson

Less than two weeks ago, our state was devastated with the strongest tornadoes on record. Entire towns were leveled and entire families were lost. Children have been orphaned in the blink of an eye. Houses were destroyed and many still are without a place to call home. Looking at such devastation makes one wonder how it will ever be rebuilt. And yet...it will.

The root word of discouragement is courage. Dale Carnegie once said, “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”

How we handle discouragement affects our ability to grow. We all have been discouraged at times. When bodies are fatigued, minds are frustrated and best plans have come crashing down, what are the options? The cause could be a fast and furious storm, a family difficulty, an unfair employer, disagreements among the church family or __________________(you fill in the blank).

Let’s take a look at the life of David in 1 Samuel, starting with chapter 16.

David was only a shepherd boy when he was anointed by Samuel to be the next king of Israel, 16:13. He was soon Saul’s musician, soothing the king with his skillful playing of the harp, v. 23. David went back and forth from the palace to the pasture, until Goliath appeared on the scene and he fearlessly became a warrior, bringing Israel to Victory, 1 Samuel 17. Meanwhile, Saul’s son Jonathan and David became fast friends and David married one of Saul’s daughters, Michal. Saul was afraid of David and had become his enemy but David was a valiant warrior and skillfully avoided Saul. When Saul’s hate escalated, his daughter, who was now David’s wife, helped him escape. On a later occasion, Saul’s son, Jonathan also helped David escape.

David ended up hiding in a cave. From shepherd to musician to warrior to a fugitive in a cave; surely he was wondering why he had been anointed!

For the most of fourteen years, he ran from Saul but not without his own band of 400 warriors. During this time, Saul gave his daughter to someone else and David’s mentor, Samuel had died; the last of the judges of Israel. David took two other wives, Ahinoam and Abigail. On numerous occasions, David could have killed Saul, but would not salve his hurts by harming the Lord’s anointed. The Philistines had been a constant thorn in David’s side and using Ziklag for a home base, David and his men headed for Philistine country to settle the score. When they returned, they found Ziklag had been burned by the Amalekites and their wives and children had been taken captive, 1 Samuel 30:1.

(Obviously, this is the Cliff notes version, but the entire book of 1 Samuel does make for some exciting reading!)

Discouragement. Pain. Confusion. Why Lord, Why? 1 Samuel 30:4 reads: “Then David and the people who were with him lifted their voices and wept until there was no strength in them to weep.” Over a period of a few years, David has suffered greatly.

Ever been in that position? Weeping until there are no more tears because the trials in your life just will not stop? Even worse, because of all the above, David’s men were embittered and wanted to stone him! Nothing like having your own turn against you in times of trouble. Continue on in verse 6. “But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”

In troublesome times, David knew where to go. He went straight to the Comforter. David knew what many of us take too long to learn – to take our problems straight to God.

Centuries later, Jesus spoke these words:

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest,” Matthew 11:28.

"Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me,” John 14:1.

Paul took these words to heart.

“...we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body,” 2 Corinthians 4:8-11.

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap

if we do not grow weary,” Galatians 6:9.

Everyday life has its struggles; troubled marriages, disobedient children or unsatisfactory jobs; or on a simpler note, an unsuccessful recipe or a seam that has been sewn several times and still won’t co-operate! As an inventor, do you think Thomas A. Edison ever became disheartened? Consider this quote, and think how many times he must have attempted an experiment before it was successful and the attitude that resulted. “I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” It is said that the Formula 409 cleaner was named such because it took 409 times to get the formula right! That’s persistence!

Whatever the problem, there is always an answer. Tears are shed and hearts feel desperate but there is also a gratitude for life. The gift of life gives us stamina, courage and the grit of determination. Yes, we will rebuild! Yes, we will conquer. Yes, life will go on and God will be glorified.

Let’s not be fainthearted and give up too easily!

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Heart Matters

A Broken Heart

Need a Band-Aid?

Don’t you wish you could put a band-aid on a broken heart? It’s not something that heals quickly! Visits to the doctor, kisses from mom, kind words from a friend may all be helpful, but the injury is deep and takes time to heal properly. If recovery is rushed or unheeded, the wound will remain and appear later, needing to be dealt with once again.

It may be the result of the breakup of a friendship, loss of a job, deteriorating health, death of a loved one, divorce, betrayal and yes, even loss of a childhood. We suffer from many types of loss and the more we try to push it aside, cover it up, or pretend it isn’t there, it still remains.

After the very sudden death of our 19 year old daughter in 1993, I came across this very meaningful quote.

“God can heal a broken heart,but you have to give Him all of the pieces.”

It’s a more modern statement than the one found in Psalm 34:18, when David said, “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit,” NASV. Just as we mentioned in the Discouraged Heart lesson, David was on the run, trying to escape the wrath of Saul. He was stressed beyond belief and even acted as though he were insane before the King of Gath, in order to escape. David had to wonder how God was going to use him. The anointing for his kingship had already taken place and for a total of fourteen long years, he ran from Saul. In this beautiful, encouraging Psalm, David acknowledged God’s ability to heal.

The heaviness of a wounded heart, regardless of the cause, is hard to bear and we struggle with what life brings as it deals the hands of death, divorce, sin, disobedience, and infidelity. The list of difficulties could go on and on but as we reflect on the cause and effect of these sins, the light of God’s ability to heal becomes brighter and brighter. If we choose to turn out that light, our lives will be very dark indeed.

Israel had turned out the light, ignoring God’s promises. In captivity, they were brokenhearted. Psalm 137 recounts how they hung their harps on the willows as they sat on the bank of the rivers of Babylon and wept. They couldn’t play; they couldn’t sing. They were homesick! They felt the pang of sins against God and dreamed of returning to Jerusalem. Can you identify with their homesickness? Have you ever been so separated from those you love that it caused physical distress? Psalm 126 is a short psalm of joy when their dream of returning became a reality.

Again, in Psalm 147, praise is given to God for His blessings:

Praise the LORD!

For it is good to sing praises to our God;

For it is pleasant and praise is becoming.

The LORD builds up Jerusalem;

He gathers the outcasts of Israel.

He heals the brokenhearted

And binds up their wounds.

He counts the number of the stars;

He gives names to all of them.

Great is our Lord and abundant in strength;

His understanding is infinite. NASV

Side note: Jesus, who referred to Himself as the bright morning star in Revelation 22:16, counted the stars and gave them all names. Early explorers used these stars to guide their travel. Jesus is also our daily guide through life. How appropriate!

We can see the intricate details of God’s caring demonstrated throughout scripture. Isaiah clearly declares that the Spirit of the Lord guided him to bind up the wounds of the brokenhearted and to comfort those who mourn, Isaiah 61.

David said his heart was wounded within him (Psalm 109:22) and he knew God was the answer. God allows us to be wounded, for life consists of many difficulties. But He also provides the band-aids!

"Come, let us return to the LORD.

For He has torn us, but He will heal us;

He has wounded us, but He will bandage us,” Hosea 6:1.

How beneficial is it to you to have a comforter? How beneficial is it to you to be a comforter? You may need a band-aid right now or you may know someone who needs you to be their band-aid.

Can there be any doubt that God attends to our needs? He administered to Hannah in her sorrow (1 Samuel 1:15-17), was brought to tears by the suffering and sorrow of his friends (John 11:30-45), and throughout the book of Psalms, we read of His ability to provide consolation, Psalms 23; 31; and 46. For additional personal study, see also: 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17; 2 Corinthians 1:3,4.

Comfort and strengthen your hearts with these passages

 




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