Psalms of Honesty and Truth
Hurt people hurt people. We have lived long enough to see it and to feel it ourselves and to learn one important lesson from this kind of hurt. Don’t let your broken heart hurt others. Stop the cycle of hurt by finding a space for healing with God, taking all the time we need, until we find wellness and peace with God. He will change our desire to hurt back.
Let us take our cues for living in the world but not of the world from our Savior. Jesus took backstabbing, mocking, physical abuse beyond what any human can bear. He was silent as the crowd rebuked and attacked his very being, of who He was inside his heart and soul, which is the lowest form of abuse, tearing someone down from the inside out. Still he stood for all that is right and righteous. He was God in human form who came down from heaven to live among his created to bring them back to the Creator.
So, the offenses that hit us square in the face or go deep into our, hearts and souls can be healed if we stop and ask God for space to heal. He will help us catch our breath again and restore the joy our salvation from Him.
David is bemoaning attacks from his own people before God with honesty and truth once more in this next Psalm but we see a key lesson in these verses:
“I’m hurt and in pain;
Give me space for healing, and mountain air.”
(Psalm 69, The Message)
These words are the turn pin that unlocks David’s praise for the Healer, Jehovah for the words that follow are full of praise and adoration for the One who loves us most and will ultimately heal all our hurts. (Psalm 69:30-36, The Message)
“Let me shout God’s name with a praising song,
Let me tell his greatness in a prayer of thanks.
31 For God, this is better than oxen on the altar,
Far better than blue-ribbon bulls.
32 The poor in spirit see and are glad—
Oh, you God-seekers, take heart!
33 For God listens to the poor,
He doesn’t walk out on the wretched.
34 You heavens, praise him; praise him, earth;
Also ocean and all things that swim in it.
35 For God is out to help Zion,
Rebuilding the wrecked towns of Judah.
Guess who will live there—
The proud owners of the land?
36 No, the children of his servants will get it,
The lovers of his name will live in it.”
What do we learn?
Pause to heal…Hurt people hurt people. Stop the cycle of hurt. Ask God for a space to heal. He will give it freely. He will take the sting from the hurt or offense by covering it with the salve of his Holy Spirit who comforts. When we come to Him immediately, asking for this space to heal, the hurt will not become infected and spread, becoming a bigger issue that might debilitate us in our walk with Him.
It only takes a prayer of honesty…Lord, help.
Upon healing…move on, covered in His love, motivated by the grace and mercy He extended to us.
Thank you, Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen