My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. —Psalm 57:7
The Hebrew word translated fixed means “to be erect,” whether literal or figurative. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines fixed as follows:
Fixed = settled, established, firm, steadfast
How does this definition apply to the heart? Upon what is my heart fixed? I’m glad you asked. Just a simple search of the English words in this definition revealed the following:
- We are settled on the hope of the Gospel (Col. 1:23).
- We are established with grace (Heb. 13:9).
- We are firm in the confidence and rejoicing of the hope of Christ (Heb. 3:6).
- We are steadfast in the hope of Christ, as an anchor of the soul (Heb. 6:9).
Did you notice the prevailing pattern in the verses above? The anchor of the soul [heart] is the hope of the gospel of Christ. And this hope is not some ethereal wish, but an assurance of something that we know for sure is coming. It is an expectancy. We are waiting for Christ’s return. We don’t simply think that He might come, we wonder when He will come. And some of us will die before He returns. Again, we don’t have to wonder if we will go to heaven when we die, we can know for sure that our souls will be in heaven the moment they leave the body. That is our hope. Just in case you missed the point, I’ll repeat it: Hope is confidence in a future event.
But allow me to turn your attention back to Psalm 57:7 for another minute or two. When I first read the psalm, I read this verse with a slightly different meaning that did not hurt it at all. My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
Fixed = repaired, healed, mended
If you read the Psalms, you will find it is no secret that David had his emotional ups and downs. In fact, he talks about a broken heart twice as often as a fixed heart. The broken heart is mentioned six times in the book of Psalms (Ps. 34:18, 38:8, 51:17, 69:20, 109:16, and 147:3), whereas the fixed heart is referred to only three times (Ps. 57:7; 108:1; 112:7).
Let’s look a little more closely at the broken heart. You may not need to, for you have experienced a broken heart yourself, so you know what it feels like, but bear with me because I want to show you something wonderful.
Psalm 69:20 Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.
This sounds very lonely, and I’m sure we’ve all been here. When we are depressed, people don’t know what to say or how to react. Some of them want to help, but they are unsure of what the needs are. Others just wish you would snap out of it. And then there are those who are totally clueless. They look right at you, but they don’t really see you; they don’t see your pain. Or if they do, they pretend not to so that they won’t have to deal with it. Sound familiar?
Psalm 38:5-11 My wounds are foul and are corrupt because of my foolishness. I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh. I am feeble and utterly broken: I have groaned by reason of the turmoil of my heart. Lord, all my desire is before You; and my groaning is not hid from You. My heart pants, my strength fails me: as for the light of my eyes, it also is gone from me. My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my plague; and my kinsmen stand afar off.
Again, there is the isolation that we so often feel during this time when we most need love and acceptance. But notice the underlined words. “My groaning is not hid from You.” God sees when your heart is broken. And that’s not all. Keep reading.
Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
What does this mean, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit”? This means that God wants you to give Him your broken heart. Offer it to Him; give Him every piece, every shard, every fragment. He will not despise you. He will not ignore you. He will not tell you to snap out of it. Instead, He will love you, for He already loves you with an everlasting love.
But look at this. I saved the best for last….
Psalm 147:3 He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.
Remember that I said to give God all the pieces of your broken heart? That’s because He is in the business of healing broken hearts, of mending wounds. He makes broken people whole.
How will you know when God has fixed your heart? Let’s return to today’s psalm to find out.
My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
Do you have a song in your heart? When David’s heart was fixed, he sang and gave praise to God. Go back and read the passages that speak of a broken heart. You will not find singing or praise mentioned once. But when the heart is fixed, there is singing and giving of praise to God. The two go hand in hand.
I’ll close with an observation from my own personal experience. Over the years I have found that the more my heart is fixed (settled, established, firm, steadfast) on the hope of Christ, the less often it has to be fixed (repaired, healed, mended).
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Photo taken in Chesapeake, Virginia, 2015.