The heart is a muscle. When’s the last time you worked out your heart?
The stronger your heart, the better prepared you are when difficulty comes. I don’t know what you’re struggling with today. Maybe it’s cancer. Maybe it’s job loss. Maybe it’s uncertainty looming in your future.
Nonetheless, your heart is hurting.
“A raging fever burns within me, and my health is broken. I am exhausted and completely crushed. My groans come from an anguished heart” (Psalm 38:7-8 NLT).
Oh, the pain of an anguished heart.
“You know what I long for, Lord; you hear my every sigh. My heart beats wildly, my strength fails, and I am going blind” (Psalm 38:9-10 NLT).
But difficulty is the perfect weight room. Why? When trials weaken your heart, there’s an amazing opportunity to draw closer to God.
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow” (James 1:2-3 NLT).
Talk about a cardio workout! I don’t know about you, but when struggles come my way, I want to develop some endurance. I desire my heart to grow stronger and stronger in Jesus Christ.
“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever” (Psalm 73:26 NLT).
Do you want a stronger heart? Do you want to exit your trial stronger than ever? Are you ready to see your relationship with Jesus go to the next level?
Allow me to provide a heart workout based on God’s Word—worship.
I love worship. As Christians, we’re called to worship God.
“Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD” (Psalm 150:6 KJV).
“Hallelu. Hallelu. Hallelu. Hallelujah. Praise ye the LORD…Praise ye the LORD, hallelujah. Praise ye the LORD, hallelujah. Praise ye the LORD, hallelujah. Praise ye the LORD.”
Perhaps you, like myself, love music. But worship is so much more than music.
Worship is your sacrifice to God. When you give, you worship. Consider the poor widow.
“Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins. ‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus said, ‘this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. For they have given only a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has’” (Luke 21:2-4 NLT).
Your worship is irreplaceable. Unexplainable. It inhabits your heart, then expresses itself through your everyday actions. Become a great worshipper. When you get to Heaven, you’ll be worshipping God like crazy. Worship is all you have to offer to God, and He can never receive enough.
How can you worship God today? Maybe it’s serving someone. Maybe it’s singing. Dancing. Donating. Better yet, maybe it’s sitting still in silent reflection of God’s love.
“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world” (Psalm 46:10 NLT).
Worship is steroids to the heart. If you desire to see some serious gains in your relationship with Jesus, learn to worship Him like there’s no tomorrow!
Let Jesus consume your hurting heart. Allow Him to spark a new beat. Fall in mad love with Jesus. Become addicted to His presence. Spend time in His Word. Pray until your knees hurt.
Can I share something with you?
My life has forever changed because of the relationship I have with Jesus Christ. And Jesus wants to have a relationship with you, too. Will you surrender to Him? Will you give Him your attention? Your hurting heart? Your deepest concerns? Your worship?
If you do—consistently, through good times and bad, you’ll be finding strength in your storm. Your broken heart will begin to be mended. You’ll become addicted to Jesus, unable to get enough of His love for you.
“As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God” (Psalm 42:1 NLT).
I pray you fall in true love with Jesus. Just Jesus. It’s a heart workout.
Isaiah Pauley is a senior at Wahama High School. He can be followed at www.isaiahpauley.com, or on Facebook at Isaiah Pauley Ministries.