This past week, we lost a member of our congregation, and it was a shock to all. Aaron was a wonderful person, and he will be greatly missed. This week, I emailed all of the band to let them know that they needed to be in prayer for the family, and they responded in such a positive way. Most of the band was even able to play for his memorial, which was quite special. It was an honor to be a part of honoring a person who touched so many with his life.
So this week, in the face of tragedy, I’ve been reading a lot of scripture about hope, peace, and comfort for the brokenhearted. I would like to share some of those with you. Perhaps, you are going through your own personal pain whether it be the death of a loved one or something completely different. One thing I am sure of is that my God is always there, especially in times of brokenness, and His arms are always wide open.
Psalm 34:18-The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 27:5-6-For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in His dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.
Psalm 27:8-14-My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek. Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, O God my Savior. Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence. I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
Psalm 30:11-You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.
It is not a coincidence that all of these verses come from the Psalms, because the truth of the matter is that when we sing our sorrows to the LORD, he answers us and heals us and turns our sorrow into joy! Sometimes a song says what our hearts cannot adequately convey. That is one reason why what we do on Sundays is so vitally important. The songs we sing, through the power and grace of the Holy Spirit, have the power turn our hearts towards Christ when we are so low that we fail to see Him.