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April 14 2024


Sunday April 14

The LORD Heals the Brokenhearted!

 

Psalm 147:1-11

1 Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.

2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.

3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.

4 He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.

5 Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.

6 The LORD lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.

7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; Sing praises on the harp to our God,

8 Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who prepares rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.

9 He gives to the beast its food, And to the young ravens that cry.

10 He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.

11 The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy.

 

Psalm 147 is the second of the five Hallelujah Psalms that conclude the Book of Psalm. This psalm is a remarkable song that celebrates the greatness and goodness of the LORD, especially for His people Israel. The LORD God of Israel is set forth in His awesome glory as caring for the sorrowing, the insignificant, and forgotten.

 

Psalm 147 was probably written by an unknown psalmist after Nehemiah and his people finished rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, restoring the gates, and resettling the people.  After the walls were completed, they called a great assembly for celebration and dedication, and it is likely that this psalm was written for that occasion (vv. 2, 12-14; Neh. 12:27-43). The verb "gather together" in verse 2 is used in Ezekiel 39:28 for the return of the captives to Judah, and the word "outcasts" in verse 2 is used for these exiles (Neh. 1:9).

 

One of the unique characteristics of this psalm is the large number of present participles in it—"building, hearing, binding, counting, lifting up," and so on—all of which speak of the constant and dynamic working of the Lord for His people. Psalm 147 presents three reasons why the people should praise the Lord, and each section is marked off by the command to praise God (vv. 1, 7 and 12).

 

First in verses 1-6, the nation should sing praises to the LORD because they have been restored. The Medes and Persians captured Babylon in 539 B. C, and in 537 B. C. Cyrus issued a decree permitting the Jews to return to their land. Led by Zerubbabel, a large band of exiles went back to Judah the next year and the temple was rebuilt. Nehemiah came in 444 B. C. to restore the walls and gates of Jerusalem. Both Isaiah and Jeremiah had predicted the captivity of the Jews as well as their release and return, and God's prophetic Word proved true, as it always does.

 

But the psalmist did not simply notice the event; he also noticed the way the Lord tenderly cared for His people. Many lost loved ones in the invasion and during the time in Babylon, and all returned to a devastated land and ruined houses. No wonder they were brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18; Isa. 61:1). The "wounds" (v. 3; "sorrows") were in their hearts, not their bodies, for many had repented and confessed their sins to the Lord, and through the Word, the Lord gave them the comfort they needed (Psalm 107:20; Isa. 40).

 

Our God is so great that He knew each person and each need (John 10:14, 27-28). The God of the galaxies, who knows the name of every star, is also the God who heals the broken hearts of His people (Luke 4:16-21). He builds up Jerusalem and lifts up His people, for nothing is too hard for Him. (Psalms 20:8; 146:9; and Isa. 40:26-29.)

 

My friend, God is still in the business of healing broken hearts and broken lives. This is only possible through the Lord Jesus Christ because, “He bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness--by whose stripes you were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)

 

God bless!

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