A Merry Heart




Prov. 17:22 “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”

Have you ever been around a Christian teenager who just simply was a pleasure to be around? Her laugh was contagious, her smile brightened your day and her whole demeanor glorified the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Don’t you always like being around someone like this? It seems that all your problems temporarily disappear and, for a time, you’ve entered her field of joy. No wonder Solomon stated that this merry person was like a good medicine. So many times I have visited a brother or sister in Christ with the sole purpose of encouraging them. Yet, it was I who was encouraged by spending time with that dear, merry saint!

Neh. 8:10b says that the joy of the LORD is our strength. In the world’s eyes, this dear saint’s circumstances were glum at best, but the Lord provides joy and peace to that merry heart. How? Through His Word! And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phi. 4:7 ) The teen girl whose heart and mind is focused on Christ, won’t be worrying – won’t be depressed – won’t be anxious. Instead, this teen girl knows that the Lord will take care of all the details no matter what. That kind of faith brings such peace – and peace brings joy. There’s nothing better than to know that a problem is being taken care of and you no longer have to fret over it.

Solomon was also quick to point out in the same sentence that the person with a “broken spirit” dries the bones. This teen girl wears her emotions on her face. Her “countenance” clearly tells you what is wrong in her life. The sorrows of the mind “drieth the bones” – in other words, her demeanor consumes the very marrow of her being. It’s not superficial but goes way down deep into her heart. She does not have a merry heart – she is joyless. I see this her walking with stooped shoulders as though the weight of the world is upon her. She has no confidence or faith in her God. She does not seek to find the solution to her problem but she wallows in self pity. Rather than remove herself from the fires around her, she sticks around. Rather than go to the Source where healing can be found,s he remains in her circumstances.

So, are we as quick to be around such a person? Many times, this joyless person blames her circumstances on everyone else but herself – never searching God’s Word for encouragement, let alone for healing.

I would rather be known as a Christian who has helped cheer another and brought healing into their lives than a Christian who has brought a frown upon people’s faces by the look on my face and actions.