A Troubled Heart
Psalm 38:6-11,17-18,21-22 KJV (Read all)
I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.
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 burdened by foes without. We are on a path that is leading us in a direction we never wanted to go and becoming weary on our journey. When we sought comfort from those around us, we found sorrow. When we expected help, we found hindrances and discouragement. We thought life promised pleasures, but what we found was pain and difficulties with a reluctant heart to move forward.
The guilt is too heavy to bear and we’ve allowed wrong thoughts to invade our mind. The contemplation of giving in to the trial seems to be an option we’d 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. In His darkest hour, Jesus spoke these words to His disciples in the garden of Gethsemane, “...My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death...” (Matthew 26:38 KJV).
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. In this light and momentary trouble, He is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. The sufferings we are enduring at this present time are not equal to the glory that is to be revealed to us in heaven. 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.
Lord, may I direct my heart towards the things above in anticipation of my home in glory.