He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds…
He is not impressed by the strength of a horse; He does not value the power of a man. The LORD values those who fear Him, those who put their hope in His faithful love.
Were we able to read the headlines of heaven’s newspapers (if they have such things there) we would find a significant dissimilarity to earth. Here we emphasize the powerful, the handsome, the rich, the strong, the popular, or the very evil. Celebrities, criminals, and politicians seem to be the real newsmakers here, and even the random human interest story is there because it appealed to some whimsical emotion from the editor. The opinions in the editorial pages are given without perfect knowledge or even complete agreement. The best newspapers on earth are merely the collections of stories and articles that seemed to appear important to a few editors whose very lives are also limited and passing away.
In heaven, however, God’s will, His knowledge, His compassion, His holiness, and His power decide what the headlines will be. The brokenhearted are on God’s heart. Those whose hopes and dreams have been shattered, whose best ambitions and plans have been destroyed, who have endured loss, who have known betrayal or failure or both, who experience sleepless nights or lethargic days, whose futures seem uncertain, whose eyes are worn out from crying, or who have internalized the pain to the point that their faces have changed their expression, their backs have bent over, and deep bitterness knocks on the door of their hearts daily begging them to give in to it – these are the ones the Lord looks to.
He knows that we are but dust, formed from the earth and given just a few years to live here. He knows we are fallen and prone to despair and sadness. He knows how quickly life can seem to turn upon someone, how we are frequently caught unawares by circumstances. He leans with interest toward the brokenhearted not out of some perverse curiosity but in compassion, not to condemn but to redeem. The needy stir God’s heart so they also stir all of heaven.
He values not the successful but the faithful, not the powerful but the humble, not the rich but the poor in spirit, not the celebrity but the worshiper, not the “mover and shaker” among men, but the one whose prayers of faith move heaven to act, hell to fear, and shake the earth with the very power of God. The newspaper of heaven would have stories of the redemption of the fallen, the healing of the brokenhearted, and the spiritual victories of those who fear Him and have placed their trust in Him.
Lord, it is easy for us to be drawn into the values of this world. Teach us to believe in You more than in the world. When we are sad past feeling, lead us to believe still in You, and in the victory that is ours in Christ Jesus. Amen.