"I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My life makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble and afflicted hear and be glad.
O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.
I sought (inquired of) the Lord and required Him [of necessity and on the authority of His Word], and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant; their faces shall never blush for shame or be confused."
(Psalm 34:1-5, AMP)
This psalm was written during a time of David; when he pretended to be insane before Abimelech, who drove him out, and was forced to go away.
Biblical commentators suggest that Abimelech was fearful of David's authority, thus, causing him to drive David away. Though David knew his enemies wanted him dead and he experienced heartbreak, he trusted in God's divine protection and sovereignty over his life.
A "broken heart" is often experienced when there has been a "break" in a relationship or when one has suffered loss. Feelings of abandonment and betrayal can quickly begin to overwhelm the broken heart.
Scripture tells us that David "changed his behavior before them" (1 Samuel 21:13). Many people change or "alter" their behavior because of what has been done to them. Been hurt? Walls get built up. Been betrayed? Lack of trust begins to develop. Don't let people or unforeseen circumstances alter who you are. There is a joy that cannot be thieved when a believer chooses to trust in God.
Jesus said that it is HIS job to "heal the brokenhearted" (Is 61:1-3). One's heart can begin to beat again, live again, and love again when realized that healing comes from Christ alone.
David, even through times of loss and betrayal, continued to praise the Lord. The end result was a face that is radiant with victory rather than one that is shameful with defeat. Those rightly related to the Lord often suffer much affliction, however, those who seek the Lord will never lack the experience of God's goodness, even in difficult times.
Today I encourage you to choose to believe again. Choose to believe that God has a future purpose and plan for your life, regardless of circumstances or what has been done to you. Faith in the Lord does not mean that one is void of adversity, however, one can rest assured that ultimately, victory belongs to those who follow the Lord.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .