Gathered, Healed, & Bound Up

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“The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground. but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. He makes peace in your borders; he fills you with the finest of the wheat.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭147‬:‭2‬-‭6‬,‭11‬,14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I love the reference to the outcasts being gathered. Not only have I personally identified as one many times in the past, but the love that is implied, oozes the great faithfulness of God. The gathering of the outcast is already so diametrically opposed to how we naturally treat those we deem outsiders in our world today. On top of that, the person doing the gathering (God Himself, King and Ruler of all) adds yet another layer of audacious and unsettling love. Audacious, because His pursuit of the lowly outsider is tender and barrier breaking. While, at the same time, it shows us up to be the fickle withholding creatures we truly are, thus, unsettling our own self-serving souls. 

 

The outcasts have a special place in the heart of God.

The outcasts are promised a place with God. The proud and haughty have a promised judgment. The Lord provides both. Our God is the God of the little. The little man, the little woman, the one with little resources, and the one with little strength, in the little, the Lord, our God, does His best work. Not only does the Lord have a place for us of broken hearts, but He will bind up our wounds personally. No third party throws off here, only the tenderness of God coming quietly to our aide often in our darkest nights. 

 

God comes to our aide in our suffering, because that’s when we are positioned to see Him.

Being one of a broken heart is truly a gift, for it’s the platform, or doorway down into the depths of knowing God. Job says, in Job 42:5 “my ears had heard of You, but now my Eyes have seen You.”This revelation of “seeing God” didn’t come before Job’s sorrowful testing, which was orchestrated by God. God’s purposes were so much deeper and more glorious regarding the hope which He intended for Job. This hope, this fulfillment of Job’s faith was, in part, made a reality because of his wounding. 

 

God says, I am loved.

One more, the blind man in John 9. This man was born blind and lived his entire life (until the point he met Jesus) with a disability that left him alienated. A true outcast if there ever was one. The disciples of Jesus Christ had one question regarding this outsider… who sinned?? Because, it had to be sin, right? Nope. From the mouth of Jesus, Himself, in John 9:3 “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” 

 

BOOM! How amazing! 

The next time you are in a place of suffering as an outcast, or feeling alienated, and alone, remember you have been put in position to come to know more about the deep unending well of love that is our God. As you enter into February, the month dedicated to love, it’s important that you speak truth over yourself. God loves you, He sent His one and only Son to die for you. You are never so alienated by men that you are forgotten by God. Our seasons of loneliness are divine appointments to know our Father deeper.

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