Christian Pilgrim


45. Broken Spirit

Proverbs 15:13 - "A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken."

By sorrow of the heart, the spirit is broken. This is a good thing, as God will not despise it. How can a cheerful countenance in this fallen world be anything but a falsehood?

Psalm 51:17 - "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise."

Proverbs 17:22 - "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones."

This last verse is the most difficult verse in the Bible, as it seems to contradict the rest of Scripture. It does not tally with:

Ecclesiastes 2:2 - "I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?"

Ecclesiastes 7:2-4 - "It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth."

Isaiah 53:3 - "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not."

It therefore must be talking about being of good cheer because our sins are forgiven:

Matthew 9:2 - "And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee."

This is the joy the Christian has:

Nehemiah 8:10 - "Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength."

1 Peter 1:8 - "Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory."