Psalm 147:1-11. Verses 3&7 – He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds. . . . Sing to the Lord with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp.
When our young children, fell and scraped a knee or elbow, they’d cry for a bandage -whether they needed one or not. It was surprising how much comfort could come from a small adhesive strip. That’s probably because the tiny bandage represented much more than a wound covering, for it was put in place by hands with a history of showing love, compassion and tender kindness.
Throughout the Bible we can see that God used small things to bring hope and healing to the world. God chose the small nation of Israel and charged them to be a blessing to all other nations (Gen. 12:1-3). Through this group of people, cared for by God’s faithful hands, Jesus Christ, Saviour to all humanity, came into the world. And the Saviour himself came into the world not as a reigning powerful king but as a baby born of a teenage peasant girl. Who would imagine that such a child would heal the broken-hearted and bind up their wounds?
Psalm 147 uses words that echo throughout the Bible and were made alive and real as Jesus went about his compassionate healing ministry. What’s more, Jesus promises to forgive all our sins and to be with us always to bring comfort and hope far beyond words printed on a page.
Let’s give thanks that God works in small ways as well as in large ways. Ask him to help you see today how his faithful hands are tending your heart and life.
Father, we thank you for everything you do for us even when we do not understand. We. give thanks for Jesus came to change everything with the forgiveness and hope he brings. In his name we pray. Amen.