Heartthrobs are the suave debonair guys all the girls lose control over, or the girls boys will literally do anything to meet. However, they usually cause heartache for those who throb for their attention. According to Webster’s dictionary, the heart is defined as a hollow muscular organ that pumps the blood through the circulatory system by rhythmic contraction and dilation. Just as the physical heart has a rhythm all its own so too the spiritual heart. In God’s economy the state of the heart is crucial in our walk. We are warned in Proverbs 4:23 to “guard our hearts above all else, because everything we do flows from it”.
When Solomon penned those words to his son he recognized the heart place was the thought place, and if we are to be spiritually healthy, our thoughts must flow with the right rhythm. What we think is who we are, so the questions arise who are we? What are we thinking? How is our heart throbbing, and for whom? The Bible says in Psalm 42:1 AMP “As the deer pants [longingly] for the water brooks, so my soul pants [longingly] for You, O God”. The psalmist knows the only one worth heart throbbing for is God, and as a result seeks to pant like the deer thirsting for water. Just like water is essential for life, so God is needed for heart healing, contentment and wholeness. However, the absence of His physical presence makes it difficult to throb sometimes. Hence, our throbbing and panting for God requires an intentional effort and a determined mind.
True believers must have a hunger and thirst for God that if not quenched renders us sick in spirit and in heart. Therefore, to cease heart throbbing for God is a symptom of spiritual demise. We must not allow our hearts to throb for anyone or anything more than for God, because He is the only one who heals the sick heart. The song writer says “there is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul”. The “balm in Gilead” was a high-quality ointment with healing properties. Without this ointment our hearts and souls remain sick unto death. Jeremiah the weeping prophet says, “Is there no balm in Gilead?” (Jeremiah 8:22) His question conjures up a desire for true healing and this reference to the balm usually refers to Jesus Christ—the one true cure that never falls short in healing our spiritual and emotional hurt.
Though it seems easier to throb after that cute guy or girl, the end result is sometimes hurt not health. Heart Throb for Heart Healing can only come when we pant with all our might after the one true God. We must pray that our throbbing for God and His presence might be sharpened, reaching breathlessly for the expression of His Spirit so we throb after Him daily and gain refreshing for heart healing. When faced with setbacks keep throbbing; when faced with heartache keep throbbing; when faced with adversity keep throbbing; when faced with fear keep throbbing; when faced with sorrow keep throbbing; when faced with lack keep throbbing; when faced with sickness keep throbbing; when faced with loneliness keep throbbing. Heart Throb for Heart Healing comes in the pressing and the panting, and our longing for our Heart Throb can’t be deepened until we cry out to Him with an earnest thirst like the deer pants in times of drought. Our Heart Throb promises to bless if we hunger and thirst after righteousness, instead of settling for touchable throbs who bring heart breaking instead of heart healing.
Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management, a Master of Science Degree in Counseling, graduating Suma Cum Laude, and a Doctorate in Biblical Counseling/Studies, graduating with honors. She is currently pursuing an EdD from Concordia University. Dr. Sharon is the author of six books. She is a licensed pastoral counselor and an ordained minister. Dr. Sharon has been an adjunct professor for the past ten years at Indian River State College and Palm Beach Atlantic University. She covered under the FIRM in Pensacola, Fl.