Have you ever faced a difficult day due to physical sickness? Maybe you have had not a day but week's or months of physical struggle. It is interesting how, very often, physical crises do not result in a broken spirit or a defeated heart. In fact, just the opposite can occur. People are encouraged to fight on with the help of their family and friends. They are able, in the face of terrible odds to demonstrate great courage and resolve to defeat whatever physical foe they are fighting.
We have been told by some in our past and our culture that emotional hurt or spiritual anguish should be ignored or that it is not significant enough to attempt to discern what is the root of that brokenness or the heartache in which we live. Yet very often these emotional storms find us unable to rise from our beds. They negatively affect our relationships, work life and our outlook on life. Today's reading in Proverbs (18:14) states, "The spirit of a man can endure sickness, but as for a broken spirit who can bear it?"
David cries out in today's psalm (3:1), "Oh Lord, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me!...". It is curious that when David most intensely cries out to the Lord, it is not for a broken bone or a physical ailment. His most passionate pleading comes as a result of family conflict, friends who turn in him or adversaries that plot against him. His heartbreak can be heard and his anguish can be felt. David's spirit could endure sickness but he could not bear a broken heart. David was just like us.