"If your heart is broken, you probably feel the need for rest, peace, and protection."
This picture of what Psalm 17:8-9 might look like still means the world to me today. Is God an eagle? No, of course not! However, He does compare Himself to that magnificent bird several times in Scripture. And, the picture that I saw that day in my mind’s eye has stuck with me all this time. Every time I think of it, I sense again how safe I felt under His wings. I feel how warm it was there, and how I could hear Father’s heart beating in His chest as I snuggled up under His wings.
Beloved, if your heart is broken, you probably feel the need for rest, peace, and protection—just like I did. If you do, the Holy Spirit is ready to comfort you right now.
Pray this with me:
“Heavenly Father God, I come to You in Jesus’ name. Lord, I need You. Please keep me as the apple of Your eye. Hide me under the shadow of Your wings. Shut out the oppressive thoughts and situations I am facing, and help me to be aware only of Your presence.
Father God, please help me to sense the warmth and safety that only You provide. Holy Spirit, fill me with Your peace, and comfort me. Thank You. Amen.”
6. Create in me a bright heart.
In Psalm 51:10, David cried out in agony to God: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” The word that is translated “clean” comes from a Hebrew root word that means “bright.” He was asking for a pure, clean, bright heart!
I love the thought of a bright heart. When my heart has been broken, things feel dark around me. Sometimes, when the pain gets too bad or feels too close, even the light inside me feels like it has darkened.
But you know what? We who once walked in darkness can now see a great light: Jesus (Matthew 4:16). JESUS is our great light! When we cry out to Him in our time of need, He will fill us again with the light of His Spirit.
If your heart is broken, Jesus will restore your hope and give you a clean and new heart. He will take away your old heart—that heart which has been broken, scarred, and battle-wounded—and give you a fresh heart. The new heart He gives you is bright and strong. When He gives you a new heart, you will sense the light of His presence within you!
If you need a bright, healed heart, pray this with me:
“Father God, in Jesus’ name, please create in me a clean heart. Renew a right spirit within me. Take away my old, broken heart of stone, and give me a new, bright heart. Take away my old spirit and fill me with Your Spirit. Fill me with Your light, Father, and create in me a bright heart. Thank You, Father.”
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