A broken heart is epically greater than mere disappointment and whips into our lives with a force that leaves everything forever changed. A broken heart will make you wretch with pain and heave with sorrow. A broken heart will leave you gasping for breath.
God knew that while we are living this side of heaven that there would be people, events and issues that would break the hearts of His beloved children and so He has a plan for the most devastating moment in your life.
The word “broken” in Hebrew is the word shabar and it means “to rend violently, wreck or crush; to maim, cripple, to shatter or break.” The ancient Hebrew is a very descriptive language and so this word shabar comes not only with a definition, but also with situations that it was used in the description of. This word was used to describe ships that had been splintered and torn from stem to stern due to ferocious and wild winds. It was also used to describe the action of tearing and ripping that wild, ravenous beasts performed upon their prey. It could literally be translated “the ruptured hearted ones.”
The word for “heart” in this particular Scripture is the word leb and it is referring to the soul or heart of a man. It encompasses one’s moral character, appetites, emotions, passions and even the mind and the memory.
When the Psalmist declares that “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,” his words are words spoken with tender care and great compassion. He is reminding all of Christendom in the epochs yet to come that the Lord is lovingly attentive to those who are enduring unimaginable pain. This pain may have been caused by a great tempest in your life or by a wild and ferocious person, but the Lord is standing attentively beside you paying diligent attention to your shattered and bleeding heart.
If you have ever suffered from this torturous condition, I can assure you that you were never out of God’s care. If, today, you are emotionally torn apart and wonder how you will make it through one more today, I want to comfort you with the surety that He is with you now.
A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed.
1I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.Abimelech: or, Achish
2My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
3O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
4I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
5They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.were lightened: or, they flowed unto him
6This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
7The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
8O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
9O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
10The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
11Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
13Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
14Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
15The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
16The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
them from the earth.
17The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
18The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.unto…: Heb. to the broken of heartof a contrite…: Heb. contrite of spirit
19Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
20He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
21Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.desolate: or, guilty
22The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.