Psalm 147:1-11, 20c
Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, 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. 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. The Lord lifts up the downtrodden; he casts the wicked to the ground. Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre. He covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, makes grass grow on the hills. He gives to the animals their food, and to the young ravens when they cry. His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner; but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his ordinances. Praise the Lord!
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me in this passage of Scripture is God “heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.” Think of a time in your life when you have felt brokenhearted. How has God’s presence in your life been healing? Think about someone in your circle of influence that has been brokenhearted. How could you personally bring healing to the situation? It may be as simple as a note of encouragement, a text of “I’m thinking of you,” or a word of “I’m here for you.”
Holy and immortal God,
from earliest times
you have named us
and called us into discipleship.
Teach us to follow the One
whose light scatters the darkness of our world,
that we may walk as children of the light. Amen.
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