Words from the Heart for Sunday August 20th, 2017
He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.
Psalm 147:3-5 (NRSV)
He Heals the Brokenhearted
If we did not have the Word of God, we would never think of Him the way these two verses describe Him. He is tenderly intimate in His love for us. He heals the brokenhearted. He can restore even the wounds deep within. Yet, He is also the majestic One who knows the stars by name. No scientist can make that claim! We need this kind of God. He is both intimate and majestic.
The wildfires in British Columbia this summer have been devastating and many families have lost their homes and businesses. The Laski family has lived in Princeton, BC for over 30 years, where they run a flooring shop and showroom. One of the wildfires swept across their property and while their home was spared, the fire destroyed both the showroom and the shop, along with a large number of specialty tools. The Laskis are brokenhearted about the loss of their business, but things would have been worse, George Laski said, if they had obeyed the evacuation order. Instead, they stayed in their home, working around the clock to save as much as they could. George said, “I hid myself in the bush until [the authorities] left and once they left I came back.”
God loves you so much. When life throws all it can at us, and we wonder how much more we can take, God gives us some wonderful promises. The human condition has always been one of blissful joy and painful challenges. And through all that we face, we have the greatest promise – God’s presence. Psalm 147:3-5 says this: “He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.” At this point in God’s revelation, because of sin, God was separate from His creation. But He still gives the promise that His healing is available for all who reach out in faith to Him. If this was the case when this Psalm was written, how much more so is it for those of us who live on this side of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection? Jesus was given the name Immanuel – God with us – and during His time on earth we see Him constantly, in the flesh, fulfilling this promise. He drew alongside those who were brokenhearted and in His loving presence their came peace, healing, deliverance, joy, purpose and meaning. By the presence of the Holy Spirit, Jesus still draws alongside us, and He cares deeply about all we are facing. If He is able to number and name each of the stars, surely He is able to keep our lives on track. Trust Him to come alongside you today.
These have been words from the heart.