Psalm 147:3-5 (NIV)
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.
Psalm 147:3-5 (MSG)
He heals the heartbroken and bandages their wounds. He counts the stars and assigns each a name. Our Lord is great, with limitless strength; we’ll never comprehend what he knows and does.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [healing their pain and comforting their sorrow]. He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by their names. Great is our [majestic and mighty] Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is inexhaustible [infinite, boundless].” -AMPLIFIED
Yesterday our world was rocked once again by another senseless act of hate. France, a land rich with history and beauty, was targeted; in order to create havoc and chaos. Many people died senselessly. Many families were affected, losing loved ones. The country of France is living in a state of shock and unbelief at this very moment. Our world has been impacted once again by an extreme attack from the Enemy.
The Psalmist, in Psalm 147, reminds us that God Almighty is near to the brokenhearted; in fact binding up their wounds. Here in the text we find two groups; the patient and the physician. The patient’s need is that they are brokenhearted; the physician’s remedy is the binding up of their wounds, healing their pain and comforting their very sorrow. Psalm 34:18 reminds us of this truth, “If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.” (MSG)
Charles Spurgeon reminds us of God’s loving mercy with these words: “Behold, the Most High has to do with the sick and the sorry, with the wretched and the wounded! He walks the hospitals as the good Physician! His deep sympathy with mourners is a special mark of his goodness. Few will associate with the despondent, but Jehovah chooses their company, and abides with them till he has healed them by his comforts. He deigns to handle and heal broken hearts: he himself lays on the ointment of grace, and the soft bandages of love, and thus binds up the bleeding wounds of those convinced of sin. This is compassion like a God.” (Treasury of David)
We may wonder about the reference to the number and names of the stars in this passage, but I would remind you of the vastness of this universe. God knows every one of those stars; is it too difficult to think that He would know each of us personally and the hurts, needs and desires that we have? He is a personal God. What breaks our hearts breaks His too. The Creator of this vast Universe is quite capable of doing surgery on a broken heart.
The Psalmist goes on to give praise where praise is due. “Our Lord is great. Nothing is impossible with His overwhelming power. He is loving, compassionate, and wise beyond all measure.” -(Voice) God’s understanding is infinite, His compassion boundless, His wisdom beyond measure, and nothing is impossible with Him. Do you not think that He is the most capable person to handle our broken heartedness?
Pain is difficult, but God is good. He will heal the broken hearts if we allow Him to. He can restore hope. He will bring us to a place of comfort and peace, even in our brokenness. Hold on to the promises of God and trust Him.
“So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.” -Romans 8:31-39 (MSG)
Lord, heal the broken hearts today. Bring comfort and peace, as only you can. Help your children to hold on to your promises and protect us from the Enemy. Help us to be ministering hands; bringing words of comfort and encouragement to those who are hurting. Come quickly Lord Jesus!