I’ve been examining our heart condition and the symptoms of a hard heart, a cheerless heart, a greedy heart, and an impure heart. I’d like to look at another common heart condition that you may be experiencing—a broken heart.

Does your heart feel as though it’s broken into pieces right now? Has someone disappointed you terribly? Has a relationship been severed? Have you suffered the loss of one very dear to you? Those things truly break our hearts—the pain is deep and sometimes very dark.

The Psalmist wrote this: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). Did you realize that when your heart is broken, the Lord is especially close to you? That’s his promise to you today; furthermore, he says he will save you.

I don’t know how he’s going to work in your situation to save you. It may not be the way you would do it, but you can trust your God. He is trustworthy, and when he says he will save those who are brokenhearted, that’s exactly what he means. It’s not going to last forever; he has something good planned for you.

In Psalm 147:3 we are told that “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” If you will go to God with your pain, he will heal it and bind it up so that it won’t be unbearable.

I frequently hear from people with broken hearts. Many of them are due to broken relationships—husbands leaving wives and wives leaving husbands. Many are brokenhearted because some loved one is living in sin and refusing to come to God. Often I hear from those who’ve suffered the death of a mate or a child. Their hearts are so broken, they feel they will never heal and be whole again.

I want to encourage you, to bring you a word that will bind your broken heart and remind you that God has not forgotten you. Indeed, he is very close to those who have broken hearts. Remember, he understands your pain because he’s been there. The heart of Jesus was broken for you, and God’s heart was broken as he gave his only Son to die. We serve a wounded Savior, one who has suffered and understands the broken heart. The great news is, he is also our Great Physician and he is the one who can heal your broken heart.

In Psalm 119:32 we read “I run in the path of your commands for you have set my heart free.” He will set your heart free today—free from the unbearable pain of a broken heart—if you will run to him, obey him, and trust him. I hope you will allow his Word and his presence to heal the wounds of your broken heart.