When My Heart Is Faint

Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.

Psalm 61:1-3

A fainted heart needs Jesus. A depressed and oppressed heart needs Christ. No, he is not a quick remedy or a fancy amulet. But he is all we need when we are overwhelmed with the cares and problems of this world.

But, how do we come to him? How do we access this place of refuge and protection? We cannot come on our own. We are fallen and feel trapped, and our feelings are way too strong to will themselves to go to the place where our rock is.

Dragging feet cannot make it there. Tire arms cannot lift themselves in praise. Hearts are too broken to feel the comfort of anything, even God’s. There is no way we can get there on our own. We cannot find the way. It seems a trillion miles away.

It is here that we do what beggars and broken ragamuffins do best. We cry out. We call on him. We beg the One who offers all we need to lead us to that place. We need a refuge, and he is our refuge. Yet our little strength cannot reach it on its own. He is our comfort. But our overwhelmed hearts are overtaken by some powerful force that makes it impossible to get the great fountain of joy.

when my heart is faint there is only one solution.

The only solution is to seek the help of the One who knows the way and supplies the strength. We need to call Jesus. We need to ask him to lead us to the rock that is higher than us. Higher than our problems. Higher than our woes. Higher than our circumstances. Higher than our hearts. Then, and only then, we can have the peace that we desperately need.

No, he is not a magic wand. Our circumstances may not change. But he is the refuge to all the broken, and under his wings, we are safe. He is the strong fortress against all our enemies. And only in him, we find rest for our troubled souls.

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