From Pastor’s Desk:
Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
KJV does not use one word for brokenhearted, rather “…broken in heart…” Broken, in Greek, is שָׁבַר shâbar (shaw-bar’), meaning, to burst (literally or figuratively)…
Remember those times when the hurt was such that it seemed your heart was going to burst? The pain so excruciating it seemed it was literally breaking inside your chest? Then you cried to the Lord and the hurt began to dissipate as He applied the soothing oil of healing. It may not have been instantaneously, could have been over a period of time, but finally the restoration came. Psalm 147:3 was in effect. He was binding (wrapping firmly) up your wounds.
Another encouraging Psalm is 34:18 “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite (crushed, as powder) spirit.”
I’m reminded of Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed…”
Yet another, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19).
In Luke 4:18 we have the account of Jesus reading from Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised…”
If you are among the brokenhearted today, remember this is but one of the precious promises of God that are “Yea…and… Amen” (2 Cor. 1:20). He will heal your broken heart! He will bind up your wounds!