Hope for Fainting Hearts

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
 

In the early hours of this morning (2:00am), I read those verses and began to ponder them. Next thing, I was almost in tears.

There’s something about God that always reminds me of how awesome He is and how insignificant I am. Do you experience that sometimes too?

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When feelings fail you

While I was praying over Psalm 61:1-3, God began to speak to my heart…

Christianity is not about ‘feeling God’ but knowing God and being known by Him. There comes a time when feelings cease and it’s what (WHO) you know that will matter.

That hit me so hard!

Feeling is good. Feeling is important. God created feeling. But feeling is not substance; God is. Click here to tweet that

When your heart faints

The Psalmist is always bare with his emotions. He doesn’t hold back – he pours himself before God.

…from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint
 

David doesn’t hide his fallibility. He doesn’t gloss over his worries. He doesn’t pretend about his weaknesses. He understands struggling to trust God sometimes.

So why do we pretend to have it all covered?

When your heart faints, it’s not the end of the world.

Hope for fainting hearts

I’m so glad God doesn’t leave us with fainting hearts. God doesn’t abandon us in our hour of need, if we call on Him. There’s hope for us:

Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.
 

Now you see why I was moved to tears? How can you read this and not be moved!

There’s a ROCK that’s higher than you. There’s a REFUGE that covers you. There’s a STRONG TOWER that protects you.

Be encouraged. Don’t quit. Don’t lose hope. God promises relief and help to fainting hearts. I can do with some of that help.

What about you? Can you do with some of God’s help today?

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5 Replies

  1. Very encouraging post! God is for us! God is a refuge!

    Amen and Praise the LORD!

  2. I can’t imagine a day WITHOUT God’s help!

    This was a great post and this is something that I have been mastering: not relying on feelings. I’ve been learning to rely on God’s Word and allowing that to be my reality…not what I feel. This was a right on time word!

    1. @MikeHolmes:disqus, a day without God’s help is definitely unthinkable. ‘Glad you relate to the post. More grace to you.

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