How to Mend a Broken Heart-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Psalm 147:3

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds!

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Oh, happy day to you and thank you for stopping by for our Coffee Hour and the conclusion to our WOW for May! About time, huh, especially considering it’s already June! But that’s okay because as we’ve discovered, the deeper we dig, the brighter the light! Grab your coffee and let’s go wrap this one up!

The last word that got my attention is “wounds.” I am thinking that after we conclude our word study for this word, we will come to the understanding that the Psalmist inspired by the Holy Spirit is not speaking of a wound that requires a Band-Aid, but let’s go check to be sure.

So there’s six different translations for this word in the Old Testament alone but for the sake of moving on to our current month and not getting stuck in the month of May, we’ll look at just three. The first time “wounds’ comes up in the Love Letters of God is in 2nd Kings 8:29 so let’s go check out that translation. Something tells me this may be a physical type of wound because 2nd Kings is around the time of all kinds of war, blood and guts! Grab your shovel.

Yup, that’s what this “wounds” is: a blow, also pestilence” – that’s interesting – “beaten, stripes, sores.”

Okay, so combine that with what we’ve learned about binding and healing and this confirms that our Heavenly Father can be the Great Physician, physically speaking. However, we’ve all known people, or at least heard of others who were not healed of their physical wounds – could this be the “pestilence” that this translation refers to? – but those of us who have come to accept Christ in our hearts and lives know that sometimes we are healed before the fire/wound, sometimes in the midst of the wound, as we’ve discovered in the definitions for “bind,” and sometimes beyond the wound!

Let’s move to another translation. Psalm 38:5 says “My wounds stink and are corrupt”… let’s see what that translates to.

Oh! This one says “bind with stripes, a black-and-blue mark, a bruise.” So this is physical as well. Hmm, how many times do we invite Him to heal the bruises of our life? Anything that presses down upon us, oppresses us is symbolic to a bruise! He wants to relieve the pressure. Oops, let’s get going to the last one before I get way off track.

So the translation for our WOW is… drum roll… OH, EM GEE… No way!!!! This word “wounds” in Psalm 147:3 translates to “atstsebeth” and means “an idol; also a pain or wound, sorrow!”

I have goose bumps right now, because if you really think about it, we constantly have to fight off making idols out of things of this world – money, power, love, acceptance, drugs, food, clothing, fashion — so this type of wound is often self-inflicted! Idolatry brings sorrow; idolatry is a wound that brings a wound!

Wow, this word is bringing to the surface a request by one of our faithful friends of CPM, to do a series on idolatry! I think I just may do that, but in the meantime, I pray that you are comforted by the powerful truths we learned along the way, that God desires to heal all types of wounds, your wounds… if you let Him.

With a mended heart,

kim L


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