“He healeth the broken in heart,
and bindeth up their wounds.”
“Today is the accepted time.” The evangelist’s booming voice filled the sanctuary. I felt his eyes peering into my heart as he continued. “Today is the day of salvation. You do not have the promise of tomorrow. You only have this moment.”
The music to Just As I Am played in the background as the congregation stood. I gripped the pew with all the strength of a 10-year-old. Tears blurred my sight.
“Won’t you come.” The last words of the evangelist moved me to action as the Spirit nudged my heart broken by sin. He wanted to give me a new heart – one he could dwell in. I didn’t know all that then. I just knew I wanted Jesus to save me. I felt what David wrote of in Psalm 39:3-5.
“My heart was hot within me,
while I was musing the fire burned:
then spake I with my tongue,
LORD, make me to know mine end,
and the measure of my days, what it is;
that I may know how frail I am.
Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth:
and mine age is as nothing before thee…”
”He was right, you know.” I spoke to Mom and Dad from the back seat of our car on the way home. “I could die tonight. But if I do, now I know I will go to heaven.”
Today I was reminded of the Spirit’s plea for me as I read Paul’s words to the Corinthian believers.
“I speak not this to condemn you:
for I have said before,
that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you.”
2 Corinthians 7:3
As Paul held the Corinthians in his heart, so the Lord carries us in his to heal us from all brokenness. By Jesus’s death and life we receive healing from all sin, are brought out from under sin’s condemnation, and given abundant life.
“There is therefore now no condemnation
to them which are in Christ Jesus,
who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit…
I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly.”
(Romans 8:1; John 10:10b)
My heart broken by sin condemned me, but Jesus saved me and gave me life.
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world:
but that the world through him might be saved.”
Jesus came in the flesh to provide healing for my broken heart and yours.
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,
that we, being dead to sins,
should live unto righteousness:
by whose stripes ye were healed.”
1 Peter 2:24
The greatest healing of our lives takes place when the Spirit of the Lord gives us a new heart fit to be the dwelling place of our Lord. He gave us reason to sing with the Psalmist –
“Great is our Lord, and of great power:
his understanding is infinite.
The LORD lifteth up the meek:
he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving;
sing praise upon the harp unto our God…
The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him,
in those that hope in his mercy.”
The first thing I wanted to do when I was saved was tell my best friend. I knew I had a new heart for the condemnation of sin was gone and a song of joy filled it. Praise God, he keeps the song ringing in my heart, as the old song says. The joy grows sweeter the older I get – even when the heartaches of this world try to steal it.
Has your heart been healed? Share your story and we will sing praises together.