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Monday, November 5, 2007

Does He Rule My Brokenheart?

Psalm 147:3
3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Let's look at some definitions in this very powerful verse in the Strong's concordance.

rapha' (raw-faw'); or raphah (raw-faw'); a primitive root; properly, to mend (by stitching), i.e. (figuratively) to cure:
KJV - cure, (cause to) heal, physician, repair, thoroughly, make whole.

Broken =
shabar (shaw-bar'); a primitive root; to burst (literally or figuratively):
KJV - break (down, off, in pieces, up), broken ([-hearted]), bring to the birth, crush, destroy, hurt, quench, tear

Heart =
leb (labe); a form of OT:3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything:
KJV - care for, comfortably, consent, considered, courag [-eous], friend [-ly], ([broken-], [hard-], [merry-], [stiff-], [stout-], double) heart ([-ed]), heed, I, kindly, midst, mind (-ed), regard ([-ed)], themselves, unawares, understanding, well, willingly, wisdom.

chabash (khaw-bash'); a primitive root; to wrap firmly (especially a turban, compress, or saddle); figuratively, to stop, to rule:
KJV - bind (up), gird about, govern, healer, put, saddle, wrap about.

`atstsebeth (ats-tseh'-beth); from OT:6087; a idol; also, a pain or wound:
KJV - sorrow, wound.

In other words, Psalm 147:3 says:
So, He mends, repairs, makes whole our broken, crushed, quenched, destroyed heart, which is our feelings, our will our intellect- the center of our being. And He binds up, wraps firmly, to stop the bleeding, to rule and govern our wounds and sorrows.

OH! Isn't He wonderful?! Don't you just love HIM?!
How is it that we are so blessed to have a God that loves us so much!

That word "govern", really jumps out at me.

Healing is a journey. As we see that, to bind up is: to govern and rule- the journey starts with receiving healing and then continues as He rules our hearts- the very center of our beings.

Selah my friend.

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Brenda said...

This paints a good picture of that verse. I always read it like "compassionate God heals us and cares" and that is true. But, "governs" paints a picture of not just a compassionate healer, but a God who is over everything.

Even our pain.

How cool is that?

Praise and Coffee said...

Very cool Brenda, very cool!

Monkey Giggles said...

Amen!!! He is my great COMFORTER. I am living proof that he can heal a broken heart. Amen!!!

Amrita said...

Thanks for the beautiful word Bible study Sue, really needed that today as I am down... soul 's crushed. Please pray, I will claim His promise

I will humble myself under the mighty hand of God and in His good time He will lift me up.
1pet 5;6 TLB

Melissa in Mel's World said...


How is it that you can continually get in my head, pull out the words that are toiling around, and so elegantly put them down for others to read...thanks SO much for the good words my are an inspiration!


Susan Skitt said...

So good to know Jesus does the healing, right down to the smallest hurting part of us. He knows every little detail that needs fixing. Thanks for defining that Bible verse so completely for everyone Sue.

concerned parent said...

I was telling him just this morning how much I love him Amen Sister.
I feel truly blessed by him and overcome that he can change our hearts so much. Powerful

Middle-Aged Moi said...

Broken hearts are so hard to heal, but God can do it. He's the only one.

Roo said...

selah! oh sue...we have been "selahing"over similar stuff this last couple days. :)

GOD IS FAITHFUL! thank you for speaking life and hope! shalom...

Praise and Coffee said...

Anyone intersted in reading an awesome post about our hearts that is very well written and beautiful, stop over to Ruth's today!

Susan said...

Oh, He is so good!!

Psalm 73:26
"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

His love sustains me daily...


Shelly said...

Oh....I am letting this speak to my heart. Thank you sister....thank you.

Praise and Coffee said...

Oh Shelly!
I've missed you, good to "see" you again!


Don and Lisa Osborn said...

When you break it down like this, it really adds SO much power to the verse.

Very comforting to know this.

Thanks for adding clarity.


holy chaos said...

I like the word "goverhn"...

think about a similar word "control"

He (the loving,compassionate one) controls my heart


the way people treat me...

or whether they like me or not...

He controls my heart and loves me with his acceptance,gentleness, and grace...

: )

Holly said...

Let Him Reign! A stitch at a time...
Love and prayers to you, my friend!

Heather C said...

Rule and govern in my heart, Lord! May it be so!


sharon brobst said...

Oh Sue! I love this verseWhen we have been hurt, crushed, or destroyed it is only God that can heal ALL the broken places. It is a journey, and sometimes a long one. But He is on the journey of healing with us, He walks us through every painful experience and helps us see it through His sovereign eyes.

I guess it's just the place I'm in today, but I want to just run into His arms and sob for all that He has done (and continues to do) to make me whole

Chris @ Come to the Table said...

I love how you broke this down. The words, the meaning of words speak so much to me.

AbbyLane said...

mmmmm good stuff :)

constantly blessed by your words...

Susan said...

Hey Sue,

This was awesome! Thanks be to God he truly "repairs, thoroughly, and makes me whole."

He is a mighty God, full of love and rich in mercy.

I am so comforted by these words.



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