I wish we were sitting together over a cup of coffee having this conversation. I would ask you if your heart has ever been broken and I would expect a definite “yes!” You would ask me the same question and I would tell you that my heart has not only been broken but completely shattered. Then we would talk about how we have worked hard to bind up the brokenness but how nothing in the entire world can heal our hearts with the same intensity as Jesus. We would talk about how Jesus takes something ugly and broken and turns it into something amazingly beautiful.
I have a feeling that we would probably mention these 4 Bible Verses about broken hearts and how we have found them to give us so much hope and gratitude.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
This verse is one that I committed to memory many years ago when I began my healing journey. It reminds me that God is close, even when I’m hurting. Even to this day, when I remember this verse it feels like the Holy Spirit is wrapping my heart up in a big hug.
“For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted.”
This verse is much better understood in the context of the whole chapter. Psalm 109 is essentially about the ruthlessness of an enemy. I think many of us have been hurt by someone who only cared about themselves. We have experienced the ruthless hounding of someone who, whether intentionally or unintentionally, seeks to cause others pain. Maybe you have felt taken advantage of. It could be that when you were really needy or broken that someone hurt you even more. Sometimes when we are needy and broken we can feel like we are too much for the people we love. Rest assured friend, you are never too much for God. Refer back to Psalm 34:18.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Take this one, write it on an index card and look at it often. Tuck it away in your heart and let it soothe the soreness that the wounds have left on you. God takes the time to heal your broken heart but He doesn’t stop there. He also binds up your wounds. The words “binds up” refer to a literal stitching of lacerations. Jesus himself, great and tender, stitches up the places upon your heart that have been cut open and are actively bleeding. Who has ever known such love?
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners.”
This one is good, you guys. So good. Jesus read this Himself about Himself in Luke chapter 4. This is what Jesus came to do for us, for you. He came to save you, yes. But friend he also came so that He could bind up your broken heart and set you free from bondage. You no longer have to remain enslaved to your pain. You can be released from this darkness and experience the wholeness and healing that happens when you allow God to tenderly stitch you up and put your broken pieces back together. It starts here right now. Allow your shattered pieces to fall so Jesus can pick them up.
Maybe we can’t share our stories over coffee but I’d still love to hear from you. How has God healed your broken heart? Would you be willing to share your story?
Have you found these 4 Bible verses about broken hearts helpful?