Those who hope in the Lord’s mercy are blessed.

Scripture: Psalm 147

ESV Text: Psalm 147

Psalm 147 (Listen)

He Heals the Brokenhearted

147:1 Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
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.

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

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


KJV Text:

KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 147: 1 Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. 2 The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. 3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. 4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. 5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. 6 The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground. 7 Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: 8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. 9 He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. 10 He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man. 11 The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. 12 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion. 13 For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee. 14 He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat. 15 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly. 16 He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes. 17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold? 18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow. 19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. 20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 41:
Wondrous King, All Glorious

— Organ Audio

1. Wondrous King, all glorious, 
Sovereign Lord victorious, 
O, receive our praise with favor! 
From thee welled God’s kindness 
Though we in our blindness 
Strayed from thee, our blessed Saviour. 
Strengthen thou, 
Help us now; 
Let our tongues be singing, 
Thee our praises bringing. 


2. Heavens, spread the story 
Of our Maker’s glory, 
All the pomp of earth obscuring. 
Sun, thy rays be sending, 
Thy bright beams expending, 
Light to all the earth assuring. 
Moon and star, 
Praise afar 
Him who glorious made you; 
The vast heavens aid you. 


3. O my soul, rejoicing, 
Sing, thy praises voicing, 
Sing, with hymns of faith adore him! 
All who here have being, 
Shout, your voices freeing, 
Bow down in the dust before him. 
He is God 
Sabaoth; 
Praise alone the Saviour, 
Here and there for ever. 


4. Hallelujahs render 
To the Lord most tender, 
Ye who know and love the Saviour. 
Hallelujahs sing ye, 
Ye redeemed, O, bring ye 
Hearts that yield him glad behavior. 
Blest are ye 
Endlessly; 
Sinless there for ever, 
Ye shall laud him ever. 


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