Be near to the brokenhearted.

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.
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“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)

My Prayer:
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!

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Be strong and courageous!

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 (MSG)
“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”
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“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.” -AMPLIFIED

Sometimes God stretches us beyond what we think we are capable of handling. This was one of those instances for Joshua and the children of Israel as Moses prepared to take his leave of them. Moses told them, “I am now a hundred and twenty years old and I am no longer able to lead you. The Lord has said to me, ‘You shall not cross the Jordan.’ The Lord your God himself will cross over ahead of you.”

God was preparing His people for some changes. Moses was no longer going to be with them to run interference; it was time for them to step up and trust God to be with each of them personally. It was time for them to step out in faith and trust that God would lead them to exactly where He wanted them to be.

Trust can be a difficult thing to do sometimes; especially when we are taken out of our comfort zone or things did not happen the way we expect they should. Friend, God’s ways are not our ways. “I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” God’s Decree. “For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think. Just as rain and snow descend from the skies and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth, Doing their work of making things grow and blossom, producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry, So will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They’ll do the work I sent them to do; they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.” -Isaiah 55:8-11 (MSG)

There are times in life when we feel like we have been broad-sided by a bus. Something happened totally unexpected, something that changes our course or path completely. We may be shocked, scared, confused; even angry with God, but remember that whatever comes our way God allows because it is part of His purpose and His plan. We may not understand the “whys”, but He does; Trust Him.

The writer of Hebrews reminds us about the need of excising our faith. “Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].” -Hebrews 11:1 (AMP)

Beth Moore shares these thoughts on faith. “We sometimes feel as if we’re playing tug-of-war with God. In bitter tears we sometimes let go of the rope, tumble to the ground, and cry, “Have your way, God! You’re going to do what You want anyway!” God is not playing a game. He doesn’t jerk on the rope just so He can win. In fact, He doesn’t want us to let go of the rope at all. Rather than see us drop the rope and give up, He wants us to hang on and let Him pull us over to His side. God’s will is always best even when we cannot imagine how. Surrendering to His will doesn’t mean you lose. Ultimately it means you win. Keep hanging on to that rope and let Him pull you over to His side. One day you’ll understand. And you’ll see His glory.” – (Portraits of Devotion)

So the question we must ask ourselves is; will we trust Him even when we do not understand “why” things happen. Will we be strong and courageous and step out in faith believing that He is always in control; trusting that He is going before us? God has promised that He will never leave our side; will you take Him at His word?

My Prayer:
Lord, there are times in this life when things happen and I am totally lost and bewildered on why, but I do know that you have promised to always be with me. You work all things together for the good and I choose to believe that; even when I may not understand everything. I choose to trust You. Help me to be strong and courageous; stepping out in faith, trusting that You will go before me and make the paths straight.