The Healing of a Grieving Spirit March 3
Psalm 34: 17-18
The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
When I asked The Lord what do you want me to teach on today? Here was His response; “The Healing of a Grieving Spirit.” Have you ever heard of the term ‘Broken Heart Syndrome?’ The bible nailed it centuries before modern science did, take a look,
Isaiah 16:11 For this cause the cords of my heart are sounding for Moab, and I am full of sorrow for Kir-heres.(BBE)
Simply put, your heart has tendons that look like strings. When sudden trauma hits, a loss of a loved one, a breakup in a serious relationship, or a divorce these strings can break, causing a “broken heart.”
Isaiah is referring to how much his heart is hurting for the loss of Moab, which were the descendants of Lot, Abraham’s nephew. They had turned away from God, only to become His enemy. Kir-heres is a city in Moab, when the King of Judah, Jehoram invaded Moab because of their great sin, the King of Moab in the city of Kir-heres offered his oldest son as a burnt sacrifice on top of the city wall. This was how far they had strayed from the Lord. (2 Kings 3:27)
Truly a righteous man Isaiah may have suffered from Broken Heart Syndrome, maybe even felt the heart of God, for a lost nation. After the sacrifice, the children of Israel gave up the attack in utter disgust and turned and left the battle. God will never give up the fight for you.
Jesus took these sufferings on the cross 2000 years ago. Everyone is aware of the physical sufferings Jesus endured on the cross, have you given thought to the “Seven Emotional Sufferings” Jesus suffered?
Stress: Sweated Blood in the garden. Betrayal: Judas betrayed him, a Loved disciple and friend.
Abandonment: The other disciples all fled. Rejection: His own people rejected Him.
Humiliation: He was stripped naked in public for all to see. Persecution: Hostility and ill- treated because of who He was. Injustice: Judged innocent by Pilot, but sentenced to death.
Separation from God: “My God, My God why hast thou forsaken Me?”
Because of His emotional sufferings we have been given these verses:
Hebrews 4:15-16 For we have not a high priest who is not able to be touched by the
feelings of our feeble flesh; but we have one who has been tested in all points as we ourselves are tested, but without sin. Then let us come near to the seat of grace without fear, so that mercy
may be given to us, and we may get grace for our help in time of need.
What is a ‘contrite spirit’? Feeling or expressing remorse, affected by guilt.
Isaiah certainly hadn’t done anything wrong, the war took place over a century earlier, but yet he had a contrite heart for the loss of a bloodline relative to Israel and Judah. Forgiveness is the first step to mending those heart strings, God will do the rest.
God is Good.
He is: Jehovah-Rapha
The Lord Who Heals