There’s a difference between knowing a bungee cord will catch you and actually believing in it enough to step off a ledge. The same principal applies to my walk: I’ve been a Christian for a long time, and I know that the Lord is a savior and a healer, but when I read that God “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3), and I looked down at the little, crumbled, broken bits of soul-shard in my hands, I had a hard time believing it.
What can God do to fix something so broken as my heart, something so continually self-destructive as myself? Even if He does have the power to heal my brokenness, is He willing? I wasn’t very convinced that He would, but then He nudged me to read the entirety of Psalm 147.
The Psalm starts off by saying how good it is to praise God. Some translations say that praise is “fitting” for Him, and that He is beautiful. We see His beauty in creation; the universe alone attests to it. The vastness of galaxies and precision of gravity prove His greatness as a creator. His understanding is limitless, too; not only does He know the number of the stars, but He knows each one by name (Psalm 147:4-5).
He is powerful enough to create, and He is caring enough to nurture His creation. This Psalm explains how He goes out of His way to orchestrate the globe’s weather just so that grass will grow to feed cattle. He even listens to the hungry cries of baby birds, and aren’t His people more valuable than those? (Psalm 147:8-9; Matthew 6:26).
He’s taking care of animals I will never meet on mountains I will never see in ways that will never affect me. He is both mighty and considerate enough to fine tune details I will never even notice. In short, He is in control of far more than I realize.
How could I honestly think He’s concerned with my ability to fight a battle He has already won? My ability to keep my commitments is void in light of of His promises. Verse 11 says, “The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy.” In other words, all He requires of me is that I revere Him and expectantly look forward to the manifestations of His steadfast, steadfast love. He wants me to trust Him, and to rest assured that the binding up of my broken heart will come to pass. I believe that’s why this Psalm says so often to praise Him with thanksgiving, even if that means thanking Him in advance.