Have you ever had a grandparent who refused to go to the doctor? It didn’t matter how much pain they were in, they just wouldn’t go. Surely you’ve heard of people like that. I always shake my head when I hear of these instances. Unfortunately, sometimes we can be like that with God.
Life is hard. Our world is broken. Heartache is too familiar. Sometimes our pain is so great we think it will never end and it could never be healed. Yet, God promises to be the healer of our broken hearts.
Psalm 147:3 says,
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
It is almost as though the Psalmist anticipates our disbelief that God is powerful enough to heal our broken hearts so he immediately appeals to God’s power.
He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. Psalm 147:4-5
Did you see that? The Psalmist goes right from our broken hearts to the galaxy to show us that God can do anything. God wants us to believe that he is able to heal our broken hearts.
It is unlikely that we would come to him if we didn’t believe he was able to heal our pain. Indeed, our pain can quickly turn to anger and bitterness and cause us to run away from God. Yet, he alone is able to ease our pain. Heal our wounds. Restore our strength. And God says to us, look at the stars and be in wonder of my power. Trust me. I can heal your broken heart.
Maybe you find yourself wrecked with a broken heart. Maybe you know someone else who is shattered by an announcement at work, a word from the doctor or the state of their marriage. Don’t be like the old grandparent who will not go to the doctor. Bring your broken heart to the great physician. Get close enough to him for him to touch your heart. Be still with him. It may take time, but God will heal your heart and bring you to verse seven,
Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre!