Medicine can be a great ally in the fight against sickness. Through each of our four children, my wife has spent considerable time going through sicknesses without medication. There is something in many medicines that make them unsafe to take during pregnancy or nursing. Since pregnancy last 9-10 months, and nursing went on for about 12 months for each of kids… of the 10 years of our marriage, my wife has been unable to take many medicines for about 8 of those years! What a trooper.
After Madison was weened, my wife joked that she wanted to drink a good dose of nyquil and pass out from the Dextrophmorphen (the ingredient that makes you drowsy). She was kidding, but the truth is that she was excited that many medications could be taken again. She had endured the flu, colds, respiratory infections, and more without most medicine to help with symptoms and pain.
Just as medicine can aid the body in the fight against sickness, so too a merry heart helps in the fight against a broken spirit. Throughout our Christian life we can go through times of trials, tribulations, and feeling cast down and defeated. During these discouraging times, it can be easy to feel like our spirit is broken, and we are all but dried up. To aid in the fight against these emotions, God gave us the ability to have a merry heart.
A merry heart is one that is full of cheerfulness. Our inward attitude can affect our outward body in incredible ways. A person who is joyful and has a song will be a person who is not cast down and discouraged. How is this possible when we are in trials though?
How did Paul do it? He and Silas sang when they were beaten and placed on death row… but how? Their attitude was not attached to their circumstances. They did not have happiness which will change based on what is happening (happiness=happening). Instead, Paul had Joy, an abiding cheerfulness of heart… a merry heart… because he was focused on the Lord. His joy was not based on what was happening, but on the changeless God of the universe.
Even in our darkness hour, He can and will give us a song. The song goes like this, “God wants to hear you sing, when the waves are crashing round you, when the fiery darts surround you, when despair is all you see. God wants to hear your voice when the wisest man has spoken, and says your circumstances is as hopeless as can be. That’s when God wants to hear you sing.”
The greatest medicine your soul can receive is a merry heart.
If you find yourself cast down and discouraged this week, take some time to sing, read His Word, and meditate on His goodness. You will be amazed how delighting in Him will change your entire outlook on life. It is the best medicine you can take, and you can even partake of it when you are pregnant or nursing!
Daily Scripture Reading
“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”