Healing in the Midst of Brokenness
by Marea & Ben
Brokenness and grieving are not something absent from the Bible, in fact, it is normal to feel these emotions. It is not abnormal to be upset. It is not unhealthy to cry out for answers. It is common to feel lonely in hard times, or feel as though no one understands you. The book of Psalms is the ancient hymn book of Israel. When analyzing these ‘hymns’ it is important to note that the largest category of the Psalms are Psalms of lamentation. This clearly shows us that it is normal to be in a state of grieving or brokenness. Although, Psalms 88 is a very unique psalm because it is the only one that begins in a state of lament and also ends in it. There is no light seen at the end of this Psalm, which is how life sometimes appears. The last line of the Psalm ends with “darkness is my closest friend” (Psalms 88:18).
This may be a reality in your life. However, all these feelings and hardships can be placed at the feet of Jesus Christ who “was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain” (Isaiah 53:3).
The Creator of the entire universe and the almighty God is familiar with pain—your pain!
Therefore, we have a God and Savior who went through all feelings of pain, loneliness, betrayal, and even excruciating physical pain. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses” (Hebrews 4:15), so with confidence cry out to the one who not only sees but fully knows and is familiar with the deepest pains and sufferings of mankind.
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