Psalm 147:1-3

Throughout the season of Lent our daily devotions have been written by members of the Faith Lutheran community. Our theme this Lent is “Jesus Our Healer.” Today’s devotion comes from Jason Houlihan.

Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.

The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel.

He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:1-3

In the Psalms the heartaches of humankind are lifted up, but also the praise for a God who is still dealing in restoration.

Contextually, this Psalm is believed to have been written after the exile and is a psalm of praise, much like Psalm 145. Behind these words in an acknowledgement that we live in a difficult world, a broken world, and we live with pain, and all of us live with some degree of questions. We all wake to the human condition, some of us still in exile, and others singing praise.

Homes all over Houston and our world are filled with questions and cycles that seep into life and aim to stay. God, and the Israelites, knew pain is real. They had spent decades in exile but it was their privilege here in the Psalms to suggest that hope and help are also real.

Beyond the scope of the text is a vision for community, hope, and help that would replace secrets and silence. The vision is of people putting down violent political conviction, blades, and bottles to instead intentionally open the door to healing. Healing is a process with a vision toward better stories.

Let us pray: Healer, open us up to get the help we need. Let us call upon you and our community in the lows of life that will certainly come. God walk with us and lead us into the best days we know are ahead. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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