David wrote many Psalms that give us glimpses of his emotions. Psalm 31 is so picturesque. Verse 9 says, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body!” Did you notice how his physical being was attached to his spiritual being? Verse 10 says it was because of his iniquity. His words are graphic. Do you ever sigh? What does sighing indicate?
Verse 10 says, “For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.” Do your bones ever ache? David wrote Psalm 51 after he sinned with Bathsheba. Verse 8 says, “Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice.”
Years ago the Holy Spirit gave me a new song that really instructed my heart. It helped me understand the mind and body connection. Here it is in its entirety. It is called Rejoicing Bones.
When I thought about my circumstances I became gloomy inside. My heart was getting heavy and my peace destroyed.Then in Your Word You revealed the secret of health. My bones are affected when my heart is in despair.
You said renew your mind. Rejoice in Me. I change not. There’s no shadow in Me. No matter what happens I remain the same.
So I turned my gaze from what was dragging me down. I looked to You my victorious One. My heart began to rise like yeast in dough and my mouth opened in song.
In You I can rejoice. For You are my strength. I look away from sin to the spotless Lamb. All my sins are cleansed in Your precious blood. My heart sings through a rush of love. Yes my heart is filled with joy in You that nothing can destroy. I rejoice in You my eternal strength. My joy is full when I look to You.
When our emotions drag us down it affects our health. Psalm 100 is a Psalm of thanksgiving. Verse 3 brings everything in our lives back into right perspective. It says, “Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” What does our Good Shepherd do? Psalm 23:2-3 says that He makes us lie down in green pastures, He takes us to still waters, and He restores our soul.
Our soul is our mind, will, and emotions. Think of it as a braid: our mind leads off, and our will and emotions follow. When your emotions plummet, what do you do first? Who or what you turn to in an indication of your heart’s belief about yourself. The Lord taught me years ago to ask myself this question when I am overwrought. ‘What do you believe about yourself right now?’ Our emotions are signals of what is inside. Emotions are like a thermometer. They take our ‘internal’ temperature. They fluctuate or ebb and flow. They help us recognize that there can be spiritual roots to disease.