Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.
Proverbs 12:25 NKJV
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy.
A joyful heart makes a cheerful countenance, but sorrow of the heart crushes the spirit.
The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of discipleship, to sustain the weary with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning; He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
2 Kings 22:19
because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its people, that they would become a desolation and a curse, and because you have torn your clothes and wept before Me, I have heard you,’ declares the LORD.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted; He saves the contrite in spirit.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in a high and holy place, and with the oppressed and humble of spirit, to restore the spirit of the lowly and revive the heart of the contrite.
Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop,…. Either an anxious care and solicitude about living in the world, as the word (m) signifies; when it seizes a man’s spirits, it depresses them, and keeps them down: or a fear and dread of adversity, or sorrow and grief, on account of some calamity and distress; when it gets into a man’s heart, it sinks and bows it down, that it cannot take any pleasure or comfort in anything. The Septuagint and Arabic versions render it, a “terrible word troubles the heart of a just man”; or “troubles the heart of man”, as the Syriac version; the Targum is,
“a word of fear in the heart of man causes fear:”
such is the law, which is a word of terror; which speaks terrible things to men; fills the mind with terror; works wrath in the conscience, and induces a spirit of bondage to fear; bows and keeps under the spirits of men, through a fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation;
but a good word maketh it glad; a comforting, cheering, and encouraging word from any friend, that compassionates their distressed case; this lifts up the heart and inspires it with joy; so a word in season, spoken by a Gospel minister, raises up a soul that is bowed down, and gives it comfort and joy: such a good word is the Gospel itself; it is good news from a far country, which is like cold water to a thirsty soul, very refreshing and reviving. The Septuagint and Arabic versions here render it, “a good message”, and such the Gospel is; which, when brought to the heart of a poor sinner, depressed with the terrors of the law, causes joy in it; such is the word of peace, pardon, righteousness, and eternal life by Christ; such is the word that he himself spoke, Matthew 9:2. Kimchi instances in Psalm 55:22.
(m) “solicitudo”, Tigurine version, Montanus, Piscator, Michaelis; “solicitudo anxia”, Mercerus, Gejerus; “solicita anxietas”, Junius & Tremellius; “anxietatem”, Schultens.
Life is hard, God is good. God wants us to come to Him when we are down. He loves authentic humble people whom He can work with and love on. Since the terrible fall of our original parents, I am sure it’s been difficult for God too.
After years of research in the Bible and contemplation, I am fully persuaded that free will and love are why God let’s His creation suffer. For love to be maximised, there must be a choice. A choice to love or not. Free will allows this happen. God must have thought it worth it. Back in the days of Noah, with the world gone evil in the worst way, He almost ended it all for all but He saved eight.
God’s desires to work with and thru men and women. Thankfully, He can use our hurts and mistakes for good when we turn it over and are real with Him.
No doubt deep depression and flooding anxiety are quite burdensome and sometimes feels overwhelming. Jesus knew this feeling all too well too. What did He do? He turned to prayer and kept His eye on His Father’s will and the glory and reward of overcoming and being faithful. I am not implying that there isn’t space for professional help at times but doing what Jesus did should be our first and last place for spiritual, mental and emotional comfort and guidance.
So with the knowledge and the power of our will, we should speak affirming words of truth, love, joy and overcoming to ourselves and others. Words are powerful because of the thoughts, motivation and energy behind them. We are wise to make strong and positive affirmations part of our daily routine.
Less of my selfish thoughts and more of His is what is best for me and thee.
I am so thankful David pours out this heart and struggles in the Psalms as there is so much for our hearts to plumb there. David knew the power of seeking God in hard times and speaking power affirmations.
Feel free to share yours. I would like to read them very much.
LORD, you know me better than I know me. Help me to get out of my own way. Prompt me to count my blessings and serve others. Thank you for being patient. Speak Your words of joy and hope to my heart.
Prompt me to speak back at the world and to myself Your glorious truth.