In the Scriptures, Psalm 37:4 encourages us to “Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” When we do this, our hearts become synced with the Lord’s. We begin to love what He loves, hate what He hates, and our hearts break for what breaks His. I believe this is what we see happening to Nehemiah.
At the hearing of the report that the walls in Jerusalem were torn down and the gates burned, his heart breaks. In this broken-heartedness, Nehemiah begins to seek the Lord and realizes that it is himself that God has chosen to rebuild the walls and gates of Jerusalem. Nehemiah’s heart-felt desire in prayer is that God would make a way for him to go and do the work needed to be done, and God did.
We must realize that as we are delighting our hearts in our God, there may be times when we find our hearts breaking for something. In this, our Heavenly Father is showing us what breaks His heart and that through this broken-heartedness, He desires to work through us and manifest His power to bring salvation, healing, and restoration.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, as I delight my heart in you, may it beat in sync with yours. When something breaks Your heart, may my heart break as well; in that broken-heartedness show me how I can be Your hands and Your feet. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.