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Healing the Foundation of Who We Are

June 1st, 2018

Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close. (Psalm 27:10 NLT)

David was facing personal attacks when he wrote this psalm. Wicked people had advanced against him and he was revived through worship. He wrote:

One thing have I asked of the LORD,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to inquire in his temple. (Psalm 27:4 ESV)

The worship of God restores us to ourselves. It begins by restoring us to God our Creator and then the inner healing of our soul begins.

But David did not stop there. He mentioned also that his mother and father had forsaken him. This is information that the Bible does not supply. We know that David was the youngest and was considered as least significant among his brothers. When Samuel came his father Jesse’s house to anoint the next king, David was left tending the sheep and had to be sent for. He was called “the youngest” by his father (1 Sam. 16:11), but that word also meant “the least important.” His brothers were also quick to criticize him (1 Sam. 17:28).

Parental neglect and sibling abuse, especially when experienced in childhood, are a combination that severely impacts people. It causes deep personal wounds, and researchers say that it leaves people with “an impaired sense of self.” This means that they don’t feel like a whole person. They tend to seek their identity through what others say about them, and they cannot hold to a consistent path in life. Was David like this? Many people are, sadly, deeply wounded in their own souls. Their foundation of who they are has been damaged.

In truth, this was more impacting to David’s peace of mind than his enemies were. What happens to us as children stays with us for a life time. The healing of God needed to not merely deal with the outward circumstances, but the inward condition of his heart. This is one of the reasons, I believe, that David wrote so many psalms. God inspired him to do it, but they also ministered to his own heart.

Only by meditating on the love of God are deep wounds of our souls healed. What wounds do you carry? The best way to handle these is not to deny them, but to rather admit them, to process them, as David did here, and then to choose forgiveness. We cannot really forgive someone until we have identified that they have done something wrong against us.

After remembering and claiming forgiveness – which can be quite a lengthy process in itself – then we are prepared to let God minister to our souls. We need to know who we are in Christ. The Bible repeatedly tells us that as believers in Christ we are members of God’s family. Let this reality build you up. And the hurts in your soul can be healed by God.

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