The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
How do you respond to hurt? Our nature is to protect our hearts from pain and avoid the object that causes hurt. If it hurts bad enough, we will find a way to make sure that doesn’t happen again. I remember once when I lifted a lid off a tote in the garden while doing some work and as I gripped the lid a wasp tagged my finger in defense. Never did I think a wasp would ever be hiding under that lid, but mind you, I never put my hand under something without rattling it first! That hurt!
But what about in relationships when it seems we get hurt over and over again? It hurts too, but somehow vulnerable or not, we find ourselves in places where we always experience hurt. Getting dumped for a date, a casual comment made in passing by another, an action taken toward or against you, a blatant disregard. It all hurts and done over and over becomes a rather large wound.
How do we find healing when life brings hurt? Where do we turn when some of our relationships continually beat us in the head with a virtual two-by-four? Healing comes even in the midst of the bruises. God has given us the assurance and promise of His presence in the middle of brokenness and goes a step further! Just when we feel as though all is lost and nothing is left because of the mighty blows, He saves us . . . He saves the crushed spirit!
Lord Jesus, when I am brokenhearted, crushed in spirit and hurting, it is you in which I can trust! Remind me of your longing to save me, renew my heart and complete me! Fill within me those gaps that appear from not trusting in you in all things! You are my joy, my crown, my everlasting — you are my Comfort in times of hurt and my great Physician in healing my broken heart!
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. Psalm 34:19-20
by: Mark Cruver
I am in pain and distress; may your salvation, O God, protect me. I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hoofs. The poor will see and be glad—you who seek God, may your hearts live! The Lord hears the needy and does not despise his captive people. Psalm 69:29-33
As I both reflect and experience the depth of my own hurt and continual pain, I’m dumbfounded by the salve. As I encounter hurt by others, I’ve learned how quickly my demeanor is squeezed of what one might conclude to be the essence of happiness. But while rejection produces hurt and hurt, pain, I cry to my Lord for comfort. Not a bad idea actually, it seems like the right thing to do for deliverance. But in the depth of my own outcries what do I bring? Certainly no ox!
When the wounds of rejection present themselves in portion, my heart drips with self and desperate pleas for God to rescue my heart from bleeding out. And while turning my eyes, cries, and broken heart toward the Savior for comfort, He tells me of the tone, expression and essence of me He most desires and in which, delights.
God’s salve to the pain and hurt from rejection and isolation comes through His salvation! Call this a moment of discovery, but I’ve never seen the word, nor meaning, of salve in the word salvation — until now! And while an ox is a bit bulky to bring before the Lord, but would most definitely please Him, the inward and outward expression of praise and glory through song from the depths of my soul brings Him far more pleasure in fellowship with me than any ox with horns and hoofs. Makes me smile a bit to think of that!
Lord Jesus, I’m listening to your gentle voice. You are showing me what to do in my pain, hurt and rejection and it is not what I expected. While it hurts beyond description to be unwanted by fellow man, you want and invite me daily to be in close fellowship with you! And with my hurt, you heal through your salvation! May I continue to sing your praises through the pain – despite no ox! 😉