Scripture: Psalm 147:3
Brokenness is a part of living on planet earth. You see it in business when companies fail; it occurs in society when moral absolutes are deemed outdated, resulting in broken lives; it impacts nations (as is the case in our text) when overwhelmed by others militarily, politically, or economically; brokenness sometimes results because of spiritual abuse by religious leaders or disappointment with God; oftentimes it is the by-product of broken, personal relationships, such as divorce or abandonment. Whatever the arena, the result is always the same— brokenness. Sooner or later, everyone has to face the issue of brokenness. Whether it is the result of some personal decision we make, or forced on us by something beyond our control, the question is what do we do when it occurs?
Realize this— nothing surprises God. He, and He alone, specializes in healing brokenness. In the medical field we have cardiac specialists, hypertension specialists, surgeons, etc., but God specializes in brokenness. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He anointed me (Jesus) to preach the Gospel (Good News) to the poor. He has sent me (Jesus) to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden (broken), to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19.)
Sometimes we are broken because of rash or unwise decisions we make which bring about brokenness. A case in point is the affair King David had with Bathsheba. Two heinous sins were involved: adultery and murder. Even in the face of this tragic failure David assures us, “A broken and a contrite heart, o God, thou wilt not despise.” (Psalm 51:17.)
In our text the Psalmist says, “He (God) heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3.) Brokenness produces wounds, no matter what the origin. Wounds produce scars. This scripture assures that wounds will be treated and healed. Scars remain as a testimony to the goodness of God. Treasure the scars. They indicate you survived.
I will embrace the brokenness in my life with full knowledge that God loves me, has not forgotten me, and has sufficient healing.
Father God, I bring the brokenness of my life to You today. I am hurting. I know You are a High Priest that is touched by my need. Not only are You touched by my pain, but You have the healing I need. My trust and faith is firmly fixed that You will touch this painful place in my life and bring about healing for me. Further, the lesson I learn from this situation I will use in the future to protect myself and help other believers to deal with their brokenness. Amen.