Psalm 147:1-3: "Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."
This year has brought much heartbreak throughout the world. Many wonder what to do with the heartache, whether true healing is possible, and how to move forward into our new unknown. The Lord spoke into these questions about three thousand years ago through the psalms. More than any other book in the Bible, Psalms takes the reader through every realm of emotion from praising God to full lamenting. The cord that binds them all together is God's faithfulness.
God was faithful all throughout Israel's history, and God remains faithful today. In our greatest despair, pain, and brokenness, God's presence brings light, hope, and healing. Pain often isolates people and makes them feel that God is distant and uncaring. The birth of Jesus Christ contradicts that belief. The Lord does care for his people. He sees every heartache, every loss, and every tear. Psalm 56 says that the Lord has put our tears in a bottle. There is nothing in your life that the Lord has not seen. He sees. He cares. Though you may feel unloved, the Father speaks of your importance. You are so deeply loved that Jesus came, he died in your place, and now he has come to dwell within you through the Holy Spirit.
Can you allow the Lord to gather you in his arms today, to speak to you of his love, compassion, and care? Can you offer up your broken heart so that he can work his healing, so that he can bind up your wounds?
Do you believe that God sees you, knows you, and loves you? Can you invite him into your deepest pain today?