Verse 3 of this psalm has been a comfort to those in need for generations. We can probably all remember a time in our lives when we could consider ourselves “broken-hearted”.
Understanding the context of this psalm brings an even richer meaning to this verse. The psalm was probably written for the celebration that took place when Nehemiah and the people finished rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem after the Israelites’ return from exile.
We know that God allowed his people to be taken into exile because of generations of unfaithfulness and rebellion. We also know that they endured much hardship and homesickness during their period of exile. They could be truly described as broken-hearted, and they brought it all on themselves.
Yet at the appointed time, they were restored as a nation and brought back to the land God had promised them. God even enabled them to rebuild Jerusalem. Though they had fallen so far, God tended to them in their broken-heartedness, and restored them in his perfect time.
Sometimes we find ourselves broken-hearted because of circumstances beyond our control. At other times, if we’re honest, it is the results of our own sin that leave us broken-hearted, just like the Israelites.
However it happens that we find ourselves at a low ebb, whether through outside circumstances or through some action or inaction of our own, we can hold fast to the promise that God offers to all who turn to him. This is our God: rich in mercy and filled with loving-kindness.
Meditation verse: He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.