Here is one enormous contrast that helps those who know sorrow, be it caused by illness, betrayal, serious loss of job, family or any of the events that cause the tears to scald our cheek, the evidence of a broken heart or wounded spirit.
Psalms 147:3,” He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.”
Many of us have a tendency to read a few verses while mentally skimming the adjoining ones and we miss the overall meaning, meaning that may often give us the spiritual uplift we need at the time. Millions of people have read, written about, and been personally comforted by verse 3 with its emphasis on the pain of a broken heart. I know of many gospel songs that extol the power of Christ as the healer of broken hearts. Some lyrics of one song has it, “Heartaches broken pieces, ruined lives are why you died on Calvary. Your touch is what I long for, you have given life to me.”
Verse 3 takes the healing of the broken heart to a higher level in that He binds up the wounded spirit, the part of our being that is battered and bruised as a result of the broken heart. A person who has suffered a broken heart also is suffering from injuries associated with the heart, meaning, mental acuity, blood pressure, concentration, anxiety and a host of other ailments. Christ takes care of the entire person that brings the broken pieces to him for repair. Most other solutions actually break or bruise other parts of our inner self, thus compounding an already serious trauma.
The context deals with Jerusalem being built up by God by His gathering of the outcasts to that place. I do not believe that the church is the replacement for Israel, as the church is made up of saved Jews and saved Gentiles. (1Cor. 10:32). Yet, Jerusalem and the church when in right fellowship with God have been a refuge for the outcasts. Tragically such is seldom true in today’s world and the outwardly visible church meets the old description of the Greek “Eros” as the love of the brightest, best and most beautiful, rather than seeing the power of Christ to redeem and restore the outcast to original beauty and function.
As soon as the Psalm writer mentions “outcasts” he then reminds the reader of God’s eternal purpose in caring for the true needs of His creatures, healing of pain, along with our Father putting Himself into the mix. To comfort using means to encourage and thus in healing our brokenness, God the Holy Spirit is within, putting His courage into us thus causing us to join in with Paul in Romans 8:31, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
Verse 4 of Psalm 146, states: “He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.”
Do you see how quickly the Lord leaps from our pain to His greatness. He telleth is an accounting term and it means literally that he knows each star and has given each one a name. No one can count the stars, hardly even the ones which can be seen let alone the vastness of the stars in space, far beyond the human reach.
Note the sequence of God’s word to help His poor struggling people. Vs 2 He takes us in as outcast, He then provides comfort and spiritual nurture in vs 3 and now in verse 4 He compares the broken and wounded persons problems to His gigantic power; He that created it all, is bigger than the biggest problem that is breaking us. We are not turning to some mythological idea for help, the great creator is inviting us to Him as He cares. If God made it all, then we, according the verse 5, can rest assured that He, THE Creator, really does understand us, where we are, why we are in the mess, and how to sustain us through or deliver us from and work the necessary work in our life to bring about restoration.
God names the stars, all of them, he knows their number and their names thus adding emphasis this in John 10:3, “To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.”
There is no record that Christ died for the stars, so we are free to grasp the wonder that as He is in personal relationship with the stars, we can and should take great comfort in the fact that He knows our name. He really does care about you.
Copyright © 2014 Larry Lilly
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