Pristine Grace

Wounded Hearts!
by Eileen Beckett
Wounded Hearts!

“For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” –Psalm 30:5

     So often we think of this verse as just a day, perhaps a day of trial or a day of chastening and afflictions in whatever form the Lord sends to us. Although this is certainly true after a night of weeping, for it is then that we have cause for joy and thankfulness in the morning, knowing that His compassions never fail us and His mercies are new every morning (Lam 3: 22 & 23), I also have to conclude that the weeping is continual in this vale of tears, the weeping over sin against our Holy God, our own sin and the sin of others and the misery it causes us while we are here. The verse, however, gives us hope, the hope that once this life is over our joy will come, it will come on resurrection morn when the dead in Christ shall rise first unto perfection for we shall be like Him. There will be no night of weeping, when we shall forevermore be through with sin and the misery of it and shall live in perfect bliss with our Creator. A great day awaits us!

     In some ways we are wounded daily with light afflictions that we must endure, but some of our wounds pierce to the very deepest depth of our soul. It is the wound that seemingly crushes us and we wonder how we will survive this again as we feel fragile and breakable and yet the scripture tells us that the Lord will not break a bruised reed. (Isaiah 42:3) nor will He call us to suffering beyond what strength He gives us, so healing comes, not with time or with man, but in the Lord only for He alone can bind up a wounded heart, His Grace is sufficient!

     Sometimes those deep wounds are lifelong and they seem to afflict us time and again into our adult life but we must always remember that the Lord uses those wounds to bring us, to call us, to sanctify us, to conform us and each and every one in exact detail works for our good, if we are His, for we are the called according to His purpose and the Lord does not lie.

     Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” - Luke 4:18

     Our healing comes not in what we do but in Christ and what He has already done, for He has preached to us His Gospel of Grace, He has healed the brokenhearted by giving us a new heart of flesh, a heart that knows Him, that loves Him because he first loved us and desires to please Him, a heart that forgives because it has been forgiven, a heart that desires to be longsuffering just as He is. He has given us eyes to see, ears to hear Him as the Good Shepherd and has set us free. We truly are poor wayfaring strangers traveling below amidst sin, toil and danger and as we walk this path headed for Jordan, we, as His own dear children, are the only ones who can truly say... ‘it is well with my soul’.

“Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee” – Psalm 63:3