“He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147v3)
How amazing is God’s love for us as shown on the cross! There Jesus took all our sin, shame, our horribleness of nature and died in our place, and gave us a new nature! The words to a song sung by Andre Crouch put it this way: “Amazing grace shall always be my song of praise, He looked beyond my faults and saw my need.”
‘He heals the broken-hearted, and binds up their wounds’ Christ made a way for us to be forgiven, healed and clean!…But for many of us there are scars to remind us of what He’s brought us through! Out of the mud and the mire and the brokenness of our lives, He has healed and bound up our wounds, and we praise Him!
Many years ago, when I was a teenager, I saw this sheath knife in the shop and dreamed of having it. ‘I saw that it was good for me, it was pleasant to the eyes’ and so I saved up my wages from delivering newspapers, and when I had saved enough it became mine! Well of course I didn’t tell my parents before I bought it because had they known it wouldn’t be mine! (this was my forbidden fruit!) Well I was showing off with it one day and showed my older brother who of course wanted to take it off me so we ended up fighting over it and he (I hope) accidently stabbed me in the hand! I was cut fairly deeply but as you can see I didn’t die from the wound, but nearly died from the “disciplining” I got from my dad as a result of him finding out about the knife! The wound healed, but left a scar for many years, and over the years I’ve looked at the scar and remembered how I got it. It brings wonderful memories of my brother and me and the times we shared good and bad, but mostly it reminds me of the pain and injury disobedience and deceit bring to our lives.
Scars can be a good thing in our lives as we remember how we came about them, and mostly how God has healed them and bound up the wounds! I pray that like me the scars of your life will remind you of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ!