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Psalm 147: The Psalm of the Heart-Healer

by | Jul 11, 2024

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From the language of the second verse, it has been conjectured that this Psalm was written after the return from the Jews’ Babylonian captivity – possibly in the days of Nehemiah. It may be so; but nations and cities need more than the rebuilding of walls and houses, and prayer is very necessary for the edification of a Church or people – even when, to all appearances, they are flourishing and prosperous. There are many outcasts, even among the Lord’s hidden ones, whom He will eventually gather home to Himself. David might well have written with great feeling about outcasts, for he himself had been one. Even in his advancing years, he was driven from Jerusalem by his rebellious son. He went up the side of Mount Olivet, weeping and barefoot; and other outcasts were with him, weeping also as they went.

But without dwelling on this further, there is much room for comfort in the assurance that the Lord will build up the waste places of His Zion; and there is much room for praise when He has done so! There is so much ground for comfort for the outcasts of the Lord’s people; for He has purposes of mercy toward them, and not of anger, in all that befalls them. And even though, for a small moment, He may seem to forsake them; yet with great mercies, He will surely gather them. And whose special office is it to bind up the broken-hearted ones? Whom was it that the Lord anointed, and set apart by His Spirit, for this very purpose – “to comfort all that mourn”? Who was it that – in His character of the Good Samaritan, when He found the poor perishing traveler by the way – went to him, and bound up his wounds? It is He of Whom the Psalmist says here, “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up all their wounds!” In another place, the prophet said of the coming Messiah that the Lord anointed Him to preach good tidings unto the meek, as well as to proclaim the day of vengeance of our God. And in the very same spirit, the Psalmist declares of Him of Whom He is speaking, “The Lord lifteth up the meek; he casteth the wicked down to the ground.”

O how we love to see the very impress of the Savior’s footsteps in the New Testament, in Jehovah’s footprints in the Old; for He Who gathers the outcasts, and heals the broken in heart, is He Who numbered and named the countless stars of heaven. He created and called the dry land Earth, and He called the gathering together of the waters Seas. Pleiades, Orion, Mazzaroth, and Arcturus were named by Him when He first placed their lights in the sky. And of every sheep of His fold, He declares that He “calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out, and bringeth them in.” Thus the outcasts of Israel – wherever they may be scattered or hidden – are all known to Him by their names, and He will gather them from out of all lands. Well may the redeemed and ransomed of the Lord sing unto Him with thanksgiving! “In that day shall this song be sung, not alone in the land of Judah, but in all the earth, We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks!” “Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion; for he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates, he hath blessed thy children within thee!” (verses 12-13)

O Lord God! It is good to sing praises to Your name, for praise is a pleasant and beautiful occupation! Thank You that even though we are poor, trifling, insignificant members of Zion, yet – amidst all our littleness, worthlessness, ingratitude, and underserving’s – You still think upon us, love us, pity us, bless us, and will bless us forever! Amen.

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