Monday, March 24, 2014

Psalms 147:3-5 -- On Stars and Broken Hearts

"He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite."
Psalms 147:3-5

This chapter has a partial description of God and what he can do, and this part of it astounded me today.  Even though I think we know already that God is amazing, do we remember that he knows the number of stars there are, and that he knows their *names*?  That is crazy cool. :)  His understanding is infinite.  Wow.  Not just vast, but limitless.  And if those things are true, is it any wonder that he can heal our broken hearts?  If he knows the name of each star, how could he not know our names?  If his understanding is infinite, then he can surely understand what we're going through... even the parts we don't understand ourselves.
Today, let's remember God's infinite understanding.  Let's not assume that he doesn't know us, or that his judgement is flawed.  It isn't.  Instead, when there is a disconnect, let's figure out the mistakes that we are making in our thinking and our attitudes, and work to learn and improve our understanding, compassion, and knowledge in order to get back on track.  It can be heart-breaking when we realize we are wrong, especially when we have harmed others or set horrible examples for them.  But God can heal our broken hearts, and heal the people we've hurt as well.  And we can change, if we learn to be a little more humble and try things God's way.
It's hard to accept anyone else's advice when it comes to our lives.  We often want something so much that we refuse to listen to any naysaying, and in general we have a strong desire to feel that we're infallibly right and in control.  However, until *we* learn enough to heal broken hearts and number the stars, let's try listening to God's advice.  You never know.  We might learn something.

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