Psalms 147:3 – September 11, 2020

Healing the brokenhearted, and binding up their wounds. Psalms 147:3 NABRE           

This psalm proposes motives for praise, in particular God’s work in creation and all He has done in favor of Israel. In these ways it covers all the possible reasons for praise, including a mention that God takes care of the needy and rejects the wicked. Ultimately the main message of this psalm is that God is the Creator and the Provider, and cares. This psalm calls for praise and describes the reasons; for gathering people together and taking care of them, for being almighty, for looking after the downtrodden. We see this message in the quoted verse, God will heal the brokenhearted and bind up all their wounds. It is a message often shared when there is some great tragedy, a disaster or national calamity. We read it on social media during 9 1 1, we’ll likely read it when the COVID-19 pandemic is in our rear view mirror and we know how much this has cost us in loved ones and lives that could have been. When someone refers to Jesus as good, Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.” (Mark 10:18) God is all good so we know God does not create or initiate tragedy, bad only comes from those who act selfishly, or single-mindedly. But God turns tragedy in to healing and goodness. The loss we feel cannot be forgotten, but the good that can come from loss is the work of God. We rely on the goodness of God to heal and bind what is very painful. 

From the beginning of creation God has been providing and saving humanity from the trouble that befalls them. We receive this benefit even when we don’t believe in God, because God always believes in us. The path to healing goes through the creator and provider, accept Him and see His good. 

Do you know God as good? Do you see the good God is doing?

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