On Crushed Eggshells and Broken Hearts (Thoughts on Psalm 34:18)

The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart [1]; and saveth [2] such as be of a contrite spirit (Psalm 34:18 KJV).

The idiom “walking on eggshells” connotes situations where one has to “tread carefully” around another or in a particular situation who/that is potentially volatile so as to avoid conflict [3].

A broken heart connotes a broken heart.

Making one’s way forward amid the shells and shards of either situation—or both, they are often bound together—is hard. But in turning to Jesus Christ for help there is hope.

Here are some words of comfort and encouragement today:

  • The importance of “muscling forward,” of rejecting the thought that this feeling or experience will last forever, and proceeding to the exit (or series of exits, each one closer to conclusion) with full faith ahead.
  •  Weeping may last the night, as the Psalmist noted (35:5), but joy follows in the “morning” on the other side of the sharpest points of pain when some truth or counsel or comfort or revelation–or simply some period of time—reveals the next layer of healing. It won’t feel like it at first, however.
  • There is a wealth of wisdom “out there” and “in here” for you. “Out there” in the counsel, support, and experience-based insights wise “others” share with you. “Inside” where in your walk with the Lord He has already shown you in days past what deliverance and healing looks and feels like via His Word and The Word Made Flesh. Take time to remember at those “altars of overcoming.” Your Creator Who loves you has not changed. The joy-filled morning will come—even in the midst of tears.
  • Let Him guide you forward.

Here is a verse for the journey:

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” *

empty-tomb-by Bob Lythgoe, public domain_____________________________________________________________________________________

[1]Broken heart (shobar): abolish 1, break 25, break down 1, breaking in pieces 1, breaks 5, breaks in pieces 1, bring to the point 1, broke 9, broke in pieces 6, broke the in pieces 1, broke down 1, broken 55, broken down 1, broken off 1, brokenhearted* 3, collapse 1, crush 2, crushed 2, demolished 1, destroy 2, fractured 1, hurt 2, injured 1, pieces 1, placed 1, point of birth 1, quench 1, shatter 2, shattered 13, smash 3, smashed 2, tore down 1, torn 2 (Strong’s 7665).

[2]Saveth (yasha): avenged 1, avenging 2, brought salvation 2, deliver 27, delivered 8, deliverer 3, deliverers 1, deliverers who delivered 1, delivers 2, endowed with salvation 1, gained the victory 1, help 9, helped 5, preserve 1, safe 1, save 85, saved 33, saves 5, savior 13, surely will not save 1, victorious 1 (Strong’s 3467)

Definitions from: http://www.biblestudytools.com/interlinear-bible/passage.aspx?q=psalm+34:18&t=nas

[3] The idiom walking on eggshells generally describes a situation in which people must tread lightly around a sensitive topic, or make every effort not to offend a volatile or hypersensitive person. Literally walking on the empty shells of eggs would require exceptional caution and self-control, similar to the feeling of avoiding conflict with an easily disturbed friend, relative or employer. Family members of active alcoholics or rageaholics often use this phrase to describe their careful avoidance of conflict with their loved one (http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-it-mean-to-be-walking-on-eggshells.htm).

* John 8:36, KJV

Image from the public domain.


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