Trusting for Healing

Karen Bables

READ : Psalm 147

The Promise: He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (v. 3)

Eugene Peterson labels Psalm 147 as one of five “hallelujah” psalms that end the book of Psalms. To him, these psalms remind us that “our prayers are going to end in praise, but that it is also going to take awhile” (Answering God, p. 127). Our reality is that life brings rough places; it often takes time for God to make them smooth (Isa. 42:16).

Psalm 147 is full of tributes to God. God “determines the number of the stars,” “prepares rain for the earth,” “gives snow like wool,” “fills you with the finest of the wheat,” and “declares his word . . . [and] his statutes and rules.” In the midst of these praises, we find the promise that God “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” It is fairly easy to praise God for the provision of rain and wheat and even God’s law. Many of us have been trusting God for these since childhood. But how do we, the brokenhearted and wounded, trust God as we wait in longing for healing and binding up.

Just as the psalmist did, we say daily what we believe: God is great and mighty. God’s understanding is unlimited. God takes pleasure in us as we put our hope in his unfailing love. God builds up his people and sustains them. We train ourselves to live in our experience of the abundance of God’s blessings instead of in our expectations (birthed by our interactions with fallible people) of the scarcity of love and healing.

PRAYER

Lord, I live in your promise of healing.