Healer of Hearts

Meditating on Psalm 147.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
Sing praises on the harp to our God,
8 Who covers the heavens with clouds,
Who prepares rain for the earth,
Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
9 He gives to the beast its food,
And to the young ravens that cry. (vv. 7-9)

In this psalm, the psalmist once again praises the glory, grace, and goodness of God. There are many things going on in this psalm, but I’d like us to bring our focus on this:

He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds. (v. 3)

This has been our running theme in recent posts – how that the Lord weaves a beautiful love story in our lives if only we give ourselves wholly to Him. The above verse gave a name to my story. Before I gave my life to Jesus, broken in body, heart, and spirit, I never thought that He alone could heal my brokenness and bind up my gaping wounds. The devil is way too cruel to leave you with a flimsy thread of hope of ever mending, once you ventured anywhere near his lair. Like living a life of adultery. You become his. That’s exactly how he left me – helplessly clinging to the thin thread that connected me to whatever was left of my life.

Then Jesus came, with His power, light, and love. I thought I only sought Him for forgiveness of my sins so I could die at peace with God. But there was also hope that maybe He’d be merciful enough to heal my body, too. But He did much more than anything I had hoped for. His grace abounded to me. “…But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Rom. 5:20). He redeemed my soul, cleansed me from the sin of my dark past, restored my family, healed our broken hearts and bound up our wounds.

He can easily do those things in just one stroke of His powerful hand. “He sends out His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly” (v. 15). And yet, there are still many who don’t want to be anywhere near Him. They insist on seeking cure for their ailments elsewhere, not knowing that it’s probably their souls that were sick and suffering and need healing.

My prayer for the broken is this: That the Savior Jesus Christ be their Redeemer, Healer, Restorer. That He will reign in their hearts and minds and be their Lord and King.

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A Beautiful Love Story

What does your love story with the Lord Jesus look like? Where are you in your relationship with Him? Are you dancing with Your Redeemer King to beautiful music, being in step with Him in every beat of the rhythm of your love, honor, and devotion to Him? Being held in His everlasting arms, and you know for certain that, in that beautiful dance, you are loved and cherished and kept for eternity? Oh, what a beautiful love story our Savior weaves around His redeemed! It had begun on that very first day of Creation. And God hasn’t relented on His love for us ever since.

Or are you chasing love in all the wrong directions? Have you run so far away and yet, you have not taken hold of it? Have you sought it in your career and dreams of success? Or in your relationships, in the people in your life, yes, in the men that seem to go in and out of your life? I know someone close to me who has been looking for it in all her failed relationships. Large amount of time has passed in desolation, in yearning. Years that have probably made her tremble in fear as doubts enveloped her heart. Will I ever find the love I’m searching for? Will I ever feel complete, feel cherished by a man who loves me unconditionally and forever?

What I want her to know is that – she needs to be complete first in the love that covers all, the love of Jesus, before she could ever find true fulfilment in anything. Including a fulfilling love relationship with a man, the man God has destined for her.

Sometimes, in our eagerness to grasp this love, we weave stories of our own. They remain hidden in our fantasies, deep in the recesses of our hearts and minds. And sometimes, we drown those deep longings with whatever our hands can take hold of. I had a friend who drowned her sorrows in wine and nightspots. She was painfully wanting the sustaining love of her husband which she couldn’t have, for he also was lost and looking for love elsewhere. What a life!

We do all these not realizing that the Lord Jesus Christ has woven the greatest love story humankind will ever know. That when we’ve known it, He will fill us with this love, the kind of love that fills up every crack, every void, every hurting place. A love that binds up our wounds and heals all our broken places. Oh, I know this so well! He wove a beautiful love story with me that will sustain me through eternity! (I’ll remember to tell you that next time).

He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds. (Ps. 147:3)

The Samaritan woman at the well whom the Lord met – she had had five husbands and the one she was with at the time was not her husband. In my mind, she was like the person close to me I mentioned earlier – she’d been looking for love so hard she had to go through five failed relationships. But on that day at the well, she met the Messiah who told her:

…“Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13)

On that day, the Samaritan woman met Jesus and received the living water. Her search had ended. Her thirst for love was quenched, for this would carry her to everlasting life.

Dear one, look behind you. You might have run so fast in your hurry to find love you’ve passed Jesus by. He just might be right behind you, pursuing you, calling your name, knocking at your heart’s door. I tell you – let Him in. And find the greatest love you’ve always wanted.

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My Greatest Love

There was no Journey Through the Psalms Friday today because…

I’m just coming out of a crisis. A crisis of colossal proportions. I started to write a Christian romance novel many weeks back, thinking I was answering a deep need. A need I didn’t realize was my own and not necessarily my readers’. I hit a snag a few days ago as I began to see the underlying meaning of it all. I had written short of 50,000 words and along the way, was getting more and more “involved” with my main characters that I felt I was living through them. Or wanted so much to live through them. You know, to feel the thrill of pure love and unadulterated romance in my veins once again.

But one night, I went to bed uttering short prayers even as my body succumbed to weariness and sleep. Why am I doing this? This is not good. And I knew then, that what I was really doing was looking for something to satiate the deep hunger and thirst inside me. How was that even possible? I had known that deep thirst before and the only One who could quench it. I had found my way to the well just as the Samaritan woman did.

But there were distractions, diversions along the journey.

People seek love. I believe no one’s exempted from this need. That’s why people devour romance novels and movies; spend hours in fantasies and daydreams. They look for it in their relationships and marriages and in the things they do. And yet, the hunger remains not fully satisfied. That’s because novels and movies are not reality and husbands can only do as much. They are men with weaknesses and flaws, too, not the dashing heroes we read about (for these are just products of the author’s own fantasies).

No. None of these will ever be enough. Because the truest truth is that: only JESUS can complete us. Only He can satiate the deep hunger. Only He can quench our thirst so that we’ll never thirst again.

We feast on the love story of Ruth and Boaz, how that Boaz redeemed Ruth and loved her completely; of Salmon and Rahab, how this Judean prince stormed the harlot’s chamber to deliver her and her family when the walls of Jericho came crumbling down, and later on making her his wife; even of Hosea and Gomer, how the faithful and obedient prophet married and loved the harlot Gomer unconditionally. We fall in love with them. But truth is, that is Jesus loving us! He is the Redeemer in Ruth, the Savior and Deliverer in the story of the Wall of Jericho, and the Lover of our unfaithful souls in Hosea who never gives up on us.

Jesus is the greatest love we could ever have. Our Defender, our Hero, our Champion, our King. He is our Bridegroom, we are His beloved Bride. And He loves us fiercely and intensely. Wouldn’t you want to be held in the everlasting arms of the Savior King?

Listen to this song and fall in love with Jesus all over again. (Consider turning off the music player found at the bottom of the side bar – thank you).

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My Redeemer

Meditating on Psalm 130.

Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord;
2 Lord, hear my voice!
Let Your ears be attentive
To the voice of my supplications. (vv. 1-2)

As I read the words of Psalm 130, I remember myself fearfully groping in the dark more than ten years ago, trembling and not knowing what to do. I was suddenly afflicted with a strange illness that made me extremely weak, like I didn’t have a backbone and my flesh trembled to the marrow. I had fainting spells. But the most terrifying of them all was my mounting nervousness. It was like my mental faculties were breaking down, like I was scared to even breathe. Weakness like that feels like you’re being sucked by quicksand into your death. It makes you panic uncontrollably.

In-between my consultations with various specialists, I also went to a psychiatrist. This was after a priest’s insistence that I saw one. I knew it wasn’t what I needed, but I tried it anyway. I was ushered into a dimly-lit room. I sat in a couch and when my eyes had adjusted to the dark, I saw the lady psychiatrist sitting in an armchair to my right. She was older than me, maybe in her late-forties. Her demeanor made me think she also would commit adultery if given the chance. No, she wasn’t sexy or anything like that (and I was wrong to judge her). It’s just that – I didn’t trust her for my peace. For that was what I was desperately searching for. Peace. Peace for my soul. If I found that, then I would be well.

Looking back now, I remember the psychiatrist like she herself needed peace in her life, too. I knew that aura when I saw one – career woman, strong personality, maybe a shopaholic, too. Confident on the outside but heavily laden on the inside.

In those days you were living apart from Christ… You lived in this world without God and without hope. (Eph. 2:12 NLT)

I left her office more miserable than when I entered it, and with the thought that I wasn’t coming back. Ever. I was looking for peace. I wanted to talk about spiritual things, but she wanted to talk about worldly things. Like leaving an unhappy marriage and pursuing my own happiness. Well, I couldn’t really blame her. That’s all she had; that’s all she could give. It would be many weeks later before I would hear these words spoken to me, I give you Jesus.

That same afternoon, I squeezed myself in a crowded counter of Mercury Drug, the prescription from the psychiatrist laid out on the counter in front of me. Suddenly, I realized the stares from the people around me. I followed their eyes and saw the prescription in my hand: Dr. so-and-so, Psychiatrist. What were they thinking? That I would suddenly go berserk and hurt them? Ha!

3 If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared. (vv. 3-4)

I didn’t care about the psychiatrist’s prescribed pills. I threw them all away after trying once. How could medicines bring peace to one’s soul? It was because of my sins that my mind and body were shutting down. But there was forgiveness in the Lord. Acceptance. Salvation. Healing! He alone could make me whole.

O Israel, hope in the Lord;
For with the Lord there is mercy,
And with Him is abundant redemption.
8 And He shall redeem Israel
From all his iniquities. (vv. 7-8)

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My Shield Today and Through Eternity

Meditating on Psalm 110.

The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”
The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion.
Rule in the midst of Your enemies! (Ps. 110:1-2)

These past few days saw me engulfed in indescribable grief, followed by fears that made me tremble as the onslaught of illness attacks bound me in bed, suffering yet again, then capped by more copious tears as disappointments, frustrations, fears, body weakness and sickness, hopes and prayers converged in one overwhelming moment. Illness, problems in the family, uncertainties – would they ever stop?

My prayers last night were marked by more tears, agonizing ones. Each pained sentence was punctuated by, “Help me, Lord!” It is during crises that our faith in God is as real as it could ever be.

Reading Psalm 110 this morning strengthened and comforted me. It reminded me that my Savior and Redeemer is always and forever will be strong and mighty for me and my family. He lives forever – why should I be afraid and grow faint? He is with me today, and He will see me through the end of time, vanquishing all my enemies which are sickness and suffering, problems and painful disappointments. Then He will gently guide me into eternity.

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