At the beginning of this new year, many newspapers and magazines will publish a list of notable people and celebrities who died during the previous 12 months. The name of a person we admired may stir up memories that touch us in a special way.
From the past year, a list will also be written deep within our hearts. How we mourn the loss of those whose names are there—a father, a neighbor, a sister, a friend. In all of life, perhaps no greater pain is felt than when someone we love dies.
When the loss and the hurt seem too much to bear, where can we turn? Psalm 147 declares that it is the Lord who “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (v.3). With a physical injury, the wound is treated immediately but the healing takes time. God heals our grief in a similar way.
Psalm 147 can help you and me during that process. The psalm begins and ends with the words: “Praise the Lord!” In between, it celebrates the attributes and works of God. As you read Psalm 147 today, write down one thing for which you can praise God. With each new day, add another one to the list. As you focus on the Lord, He will heal your heart, and you will be able to lift your voice in ever-increasing praise to Him.
Through shadowed days or sunlit,
Whate'er the year may bring,
This fact may be thy comfort:
God reigns in everything. —Smith
Praise can lift the burden of grief.