He Heals the Brokenhearted

Psalm 147

1 i Praise the Lord!
For j it is good to sing praises to our God;
for k it is pleasant, 1 and l a song of praise is fitting.
2 The Lord m builds up Jerusalem;
he n gathers the outcasts of Israel.
3 He heals o the brokenhearted
and p binds up their wounds.
4 He q determines the number of the stars;
he r gives to all of them their names.
5 s Great is our Lord, and t abundant in power;
u his understanding is beyond measure.
6 The Lord v lifts up the humble; 2
he casts the wicked to the ground.

7 w Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on x the lyre!
8 He covers the heavens with clouds;
he prepares y rain for the earth;
he makes z grass grow on the hills.
9 He a gives to the beasts their food,
and to b the young ravens that cry.
10 His delight is not in c the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
11 but the Lord d takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who e hope in his steadfast love.

12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!
13 For he strengthens f the bars of your gates;
he blesses your children within you.
14 He g makes peace in your borders;
he h fills you with the i finest of the wheat.
15 He j sends out his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.
16 He gives k snow like wool;
he scatters l hoarfrost like ashes.
17 He hurls down his crystals of m ice like crumbs;
who can stand before his n cold?
18 He o sends out his word, and melts them;
he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.
19 He declares his word to Jacob,
his p statutes and rules 3 to Israel.
20 He q has not dealt thus with any other nation;
they do not know his rules. 4
r Praise the Lord!

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 135:1
    Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord, give praise, O servants of the Lord.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 92:1
    It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 135:3
    Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant!
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 33:1
    Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 51:18
    Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem.
    Psalms 102:16
    For the Lord builds up Zion; he appears in his glory.
  6. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 30:3
    Then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you, and he will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you.
    Isaiah 11:12
    He will raise a signal for the nations and will assemble the banished of Israel, and gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
    Isaiah 27:13
    And in that day a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were lost in the land of Assyria and those who were driven out to the land of Egypt will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain at Jerusalem.
    Isaiah 56:8
    The Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares, "I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered.
    Ezekiel 39:28
    Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, because I sent them into exile among the nations and then assembled them into their own land. I will leave none of them remaining among the nations anymore.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 34:18
    The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
  8. Cross References
    Ezekiel 34:16
    I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.
  9. Cross References
    Genesis 15:5
    And he brought him outside and said, "Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be.
  10. Cross References
    Isaiah 40:26
    Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 48:1
    Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! His holy mountain.
  12. Cross References
    Nahum 1:3
    The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
  13. Cross References
    Isaiah 40:28
    Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
    Job 5:9
    Who does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number:
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 146:8 - 9
    The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.
  15. Cross References
    Exodus 15:21
    And Miriam sang to them: "Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
    Psalms 95:1 - 2
    Oh come, let us sing to the Lord ; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
  16. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 15:16
    David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.
  17. Cross References
    Job 5:10
    He gives rain on the earth and sends waters on the fields.
  18. Cross References
    Psalms 104:14
    You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth
    Job 38:27
    To satisfy the waste and desolate land, and to make the ground sprout with grass?
  19. Cross References
    Psalms 104:27 - 28
    These all look to you, to give them their food in due season.
  20. Cross References
    Job 38:41
    Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God for help, and wander about for lack of food?
  21. Cross References
    Psalms 33:17
    The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.
  22. Cross References
    Psalms 149:4
    For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.
  23. Cross References
    Psalms 33:18
    Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love.
  24. Cross References
    Nehemiah 7:3
    And I said to them, "Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot. And while they are still standing guard, let them shut and bar the doors. Appoint guards from among the inhabitants of Jerusalem, some at their guard posts and some in front of their own homes.
  25. Cross References
    Exodus 34:24
    For I will cast out nations before you and enlarge your borders; no one shall covet your land, when you go up to appear before the Lord your God three times in the year.
    Proverbs 16:7
    When a man's ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
    Isaiah 60:17 - 18
    Instead of bronze I will bring gold, and instead of iron I will bring silver; instead of wood, bronze, instead of stones, iron. I will make your overseers peace and your taskmasters righteousness.
  26. Cross References
    Psalms 132:15
    I will abundantly bless her provisions; I will satisfy her poor with bread.
  27. Cross References
    Psalms 81:16
    But he would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.
    Deuteronomy 32:14
    Curds from the herd, and milk from the flock, with fat of lambs, rams of Bashan and goats, with the very finest of the wheat - and you drank foaming wine made from the blood of the grape.
  28. Cross References
    Psalms 148:8
    Fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word!
  29. Cross References
    Job 37:6
    For to the snow he says, 'Fall on the earth,' likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour.
  30. Cross References
    Job 38:29
    From whose womb did the ice come forth, and who has given birth to the frost of heaven?
  31. Cross References
    Job 37:10
    By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast.
  32. Cross References
    Job 37:9
    From its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds.
  33. Cross References
    Psalms 147:15
    He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly.
    Job 37:12
    They turn around and around by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world.
    Psalms 33:9
    For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.
    Psalms 107:20
    He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.
  34. Cross References
    Malachi 4:4
    Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel.
    Psalms 78:5
    He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children.
    Deuteronomy 33:2 - 4
    He said, "The Lord came from Sinai and dawned from Seir upon us; he shone forth from Mount Paran; he came from the ten thousands of holy ones, with flaming fire at his right hand.
  35. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 4:7
    For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon him?
    Deuteronomy 4:32 - 34
    For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether such a great thing as this has ever happened or was ever heard of.
  36. Cross References
    Psalms 135:1
    Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord, give praise, O servants of the Lord.
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