A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
The Hebrew word that is translated “Merry” in this proverb means blithe, gleeful, joyful, merry or rejoicing. The Hebrew word that is translated “Does Good” means makes well. Have you ever seen advertisements on TV for the latest offering by the pharmaceutical companies? At first, those new prescriptive medications sound like they can do wonderful things-and they may! However, have you ever listened to the possible side effects? I’ve heard of medicines that can include side effects that range from indigestion to blindness and everything in between! I would rather take medicine that had no negative side effects, wouldn’t you? The Bible has just the prescription! A joyful heart is the best medicine you can take and it doesn’t have any side effects!
When you choose to have a merry heart, your body will respond positively, but the opposite is also true. The second half of Proverbs 17:22 tells us what happens to you when your heart isn’t merry. The word “Broken” means afflicted or wounded or hurt. That kind of heart will dry the bones. Doctors tell us that our bones should be moist. Having dried bones means that you can easily fall. Older people can often have devastating falls if their bones are weak and brittle instead of moist and strong. A rejoicing heart, however, is medicine to the bones. There is a direct correlation between your long-term health and your joy. Joy has a whole lot to do with how long you live and what quality of life you have while you live it.
Thank You, Lord for giving me the source of joy in Your Word. I am so thankful that joy is medicine to my bones and that it will strengthen me to do Your will, in Jesus’ name.
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