Friday, June 14, 2013

A Troubled Heart

A Troubled Heart
Psalm 38:6-11,17-18,21-22
I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh. I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart. Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee. My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me. My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off. 

For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me. For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin. Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me. Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.

As Christians, we can’t go for very long before we find ourselves with a troubled heart. We are troubled with sin from within and troubled by foes from without. We are on paths that lead us in directions we never wanted to go and we are experiencing difficult circumstances causing anxiety and distress. We are acquainted with burdensome situations and are becoming weary in the journey. 

When we sought comfort we found sorrow and when we expected help we found hindrances and discouragement. When life promised pleasures we found pain, difficulties and a reluctant heart to continue moving forward. We have become weary of ourselves, our sin, and the world around us. With all of this misery, a sense of guilt too heavy to bear penetrates our heart and thoughts of giving in to the trial seems to be an option we consider. 

What do we do and to whom do we turn to find the relief we so disparately need? There is mercy and grace for us in our pain and despair knowing our Lord experienced such sorrow of heart   certainly gives us hope in our darkest hour. Jesus spoke these words to His disciples in the garden of Gethsemane, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death.” He suffered such agony while praying to the Father, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” We will never know the torment and suffering Christ experienced the night before His crucifixion, but we will in our own lifetime, face painful trials and agonizing temptations. 

Is it possible to be free from worry and to live a life that knows no fear? The answer–––it’s a matter of the heart. We can go to the Lord with our needs, our suffering and our fears. We’re not talking to a high priest who doesn't know how we feel but to the One who being fully God, yet fully human, has been touched with the feelings of our weaknesses and our infirmities. In the midst of a troubled heart, one can become completely overwhelmed and feel utterly devastated, but if our heart is focused on Him and not the things of this world, the promises of God are already guaranteed and secure. May we fasten our hearts on heavenly things, letting go of earthly  distractions and remember what Jesus said to His disciples, Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also (John 14:1-3).

Thought: In this light momentary trouble, He is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison; and the sufferings we are enduring at this present time are not equal with the glory that is to be revealed in heaven. (The word weight figuratively speaking means; a load, or  abundance). Our eternal weight of glory is our eternal abundance of glory promised to us for all eternity. Why are we worried, why do we fret and have a troubled heart? We need to fix our hearts and minds on Him, the author and finisher of our faith, who is preparing for us a home of abundant glory and in this we can be secure.

 (Read 2 Corinthians 4:17; Romans 8:18; and 1 Pet. 1:6; 5:10). 

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Colossians 3:2

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