After we have been wounded emotionally and/or spiritually, we tend to build walls around our hearts to protect ourselves, to keep from being hurt again. Unfortunately, the same wall that keeps out potential harm also keeps out the good, even God Himself. It is the Lord who puts all the pieces back together and bandages our broken heart. By His Spirit, He comfort all who mourn and cares for those who are overwhelmed by grief. He gives us a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair [Isaiah 61:2-3].. After he brings you through the dark, painful times, you will discover that the Lord has brought about a wonderful transformation in your life. You will find that you have greater strength, faith and intimacy with God Himself. Friends, family, coworkers will see how your transformed life displays God's splendor [Isaiah 61:3]. In order for God to do all of these awesome things in your life, you must trust Him enough to open your heart to Him. Allow Him to come in and do some open-heart surgery and not only repair the damage, but make it better than it ever was before.
There is no better way to open your heart to God than through praise and worship. Begin by crying out to Him, tell Him all about your pain and suffering. Tell Him that you trust and rely upon Him alone, then turn your attention from yourself and give it fully to Jesus. Begin to tell Him how much you love Him and thank Him for all he has done and is doing in your life. Tell Him all that He means to you and what you appreciate about Him. As you give your entire heart, all the broken bits and pieces, to Him in praise, you will find yourself moving into a time of worship. True worship is more than outward religious activity, it is a matter of the heart. True worship is an act of love. It is the deepest expression of love we are capable of. You are to "love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." [Mark 12:30] Surrender all that you have and all that you are to the Healer of Hearts. Give Him all the fear, pain and sorrow. As Isaiah said, "surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering". Jesus understands all that you are going through because, as the prophet describes Him, "He was a man of suffering, and familiar with pain". He loves you, cares about you deeply and is able to bring healing to the very core of your being. One of the most effective means through which all this can happen is worship. It is our heart's connection to the heart of God. The deep cries out to the deep. Worship is the anesthesia while He performs heart surgery. As you worship, healing balm is poured into your wounds, light, hope and joy break through the seemingly impenetrable darkness. David's song will become your song:
I will extol the LORD at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory in the LORD;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the LORD with me;
let us exalt his name together.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.