Have you been there? Perhaps a loved one has passed on. Perhaps you’re suffering because you’ve been a victim in the past. Perhaps you’re consumed by sadness, overwhelmed by a seemingly insurmountable task, or perhaps you just don’t know what your next step in life will be.
For me, a time of heartache came because of a rift in a relationship. Too many times our words precede rational thought and in the end, cause wounds that cannot be forgotten. James chapter 3 gives an analogy of the power our tongues can have, and admonishes us to take care that they be used for good. James 3:4-5: “Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.”
During this time in my life, I came across Psalm 34. For much of my life the Bible had been merely words on paper; good words, I would grant you, but when I read these words they jumped off the pages and became balm for my heart: “This poor man called and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles…The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:6,18). Those words came alive for me, both surprising and comforting me. God reached through the stitches of time in those ancient words to nurse my hurting soul. I began to read those verses over and over and soon discovered that the entire chapter was instructive, calming and full of praise for God and his mighty ways, both powerful and gentle.
The comfort these verses gave me reminds me of the conviction of Paul as he wrote in Romans 8:35-39: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble, or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” May these words of hope bind themselves to your heart, and may you seek mercy and triumph, all to the praise of our Almighty God
-Rebecca Parr, January 19, 2013