Friday, March 28, 2014

Psalm 34 - For The Broken Hearted

This is a Psalm for the broken hearted. The ones so broken hearted  all they can do is say I don't understand God. The ones crying out because they are trying so hard and they are failing. Their flesh is failing. Their soul is failing. They cry out to him completely broken. This is for you.

Being broken hearted is a distinct feeling. There is really no way to describe it but just heart ripped in two, hurting / broken on the inside.  I have felt this way a handful of times in my life. A couple because of worldly love. The rest because of my failures in my journey of salvation. Nothing hurts worse. It is feeling you don't forget. I remember the first time I ever felt the pains of a broken heart. 9th grade :) over a boy. It hurt. I didn't know something that mainly delt with feelings and emotions could cause such hurt and physical pain. I remember just sobbing and sobbing and sobbing. I was hurt. On the inside.

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress and troubles. The Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as are crushed with sorrow for sin and are humbly and thoroughly penitent. Many evils confront the [consistently] righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. (Psalm 34:17-20 AMP)

Sometimes as Christians we fail. Hard to believe I know. It happens all  of the time. {please don't be one of these Christians that think they are exempt from sin and failure, please} People mess up. The soul wins out against the spirit and before you know it you are headed down a path you didn't see taking. Maybe not every time you mess up you are completely heart broken before God. Of course you feel bad every time because the Holy Spirit wants you to know that was not the right action/thought, but to be heart broken before God is different.

To me heart broken before God means to be at this place that really has no words to describe but you just know you are there. Completely empty. Barren feeling. Broke. Hurt. Knowing that God is your only glimmer of hope. Heart broken.

There are many reasons why a Christian might be heart broken before God. I think Psalm 34 sums it up pretty well. Crushed with sorrow for sin. Humbly and thoroughly penitent {sorrow and regret for doing wrong}. Have you ever been there? I know I have.

If you ever find yourself in that place, that place of just brokenness, look up to who your help comes from! You have a promise! An anthem! Psalm 34 is for you!

When the righteous {if you are born again, that is you} cry for help The Lord hears and delivers {save, rescue, set free} them out of ALL their troubles and distress!

Praise God!

The Lord is close to those of a broken heart and saves those crushed with sorrow for sin and are humbly and thoroughly have regret for doing wrong!

Many evils confront the consistently righteous, but The Lord delivers him out of them ALL!

It's ok ^ other people have struggled too! It says many evils confront {come at} the consistently righteous {the ones that try so hard all the time}. Look! The Lord has promised to rescue me and you from all of them!

He keeps all his bones, not one of them is broken!

This is such an awesome statement! Being heart broken is such a painful thing. We have a promise that nothing will be broken! No matter how much pain we go through He will protect our bones! Not one will be broken! It might feel like we are breaking in our sorrow but not one of our bones will be broken. When it is over we will be whole like we were before.

If you are currently heart broken before God let this be your encouragement. Let this be your anthem! Let these be the promises you hold on to!

I would love to minister to you if you are going through a difficult time or just need encouragement in general! God loves you! He hears your cries! You can contact me at I would be honored to hear from you!

Thanks for reading! Be blessed today!


  1. A beautiful devotion Mary Catherine. The stronger I get in The Lord, the more I am broken over the smallest things. Truth is I am very hurt when I feel I am the one that broke God's heart. LOVED this devotion!!! Praying today for the broken hearted that God lead to read this devotion. Pamela Britt Malone

  2. Thank you Mary. I so needed this today. This really touched me as I am surely broken hearted right now, and have been so many times in my life. I'm go glad God laid this on your heart to write. Love you!