Sermon:
Christ - The Healer Of The Broken Hearted. - Psalm 147:1-11

As I look around this morning, I am keenly aware of the fact that we live in a world that is filled with hurting people. All over the world today millions of people are suffering. Whether it is in the war torn regions of Iraq and Afghanistan or the starving masses in famine stricken countries and communities, people are hurting.

But there is a group that is often overlooked - many of whom are around us this very morning. This past week I was privileged to be involved with a Youth Camp in Lafollette and preach to 9-12 grade students from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia. As I looked into their eyes I was often met with expressions of pain and brokenness. It served as a powerful reminder to me that no matter who we are or where we live we have all been hurt.

Our enemy, the devil, has used some of his favorite arrows and has shot them into the recesses of tender hearts. Those who are hurting feel as if they have been wounded deep within their soul and spirit. I am convinced that many people in this room today would have rather suffered the trauma of having an arm or leg amputated then to go through the intense emotional pain that they are now facing. And yet the pain is there. The emotional disease is upon them. And even the thought of dealing with the wound inflicts as much pain as it did when it initially occurred. There are many things which cause hearts to be broken. 1. Grief Causes Hearts To Be Broken. 2. Failure Causes Hearts To Be Broken. 3. Sin Causes Hearts To Be Broken.

I can never state too often that Sin destroys lives and homes and families and bodies. It causes hearts to be ripped apart and left in a thousand pieces as it moves on to its next victim. The pleasure that many experience today in their sin will be the pain that they, and others, will endure tomorrow. And as Satan has a field day, we are left beaten and battered by the ravages of a godless world.

But I have good news for you today. There is One who is able to step into the pain of your life and offer hope. In Psalm 147 we are introduced to this Person. We are told of the power and concern that He has for those who have broken hearts. It is here that we begin to see His ability as The Healer of the Broken-Hearted. When no one else has the slightest idea of the private torture with which you have been dealing - He does! He knows the hours, the days, the weeks, or even the years that you have carried this intense emotional burden upon your heart. And He is here today to offer you comfort and compassion. Follow along with me as we read the first 11 verses of Psalm 147.

Look with me quickly this morning as we see Christ - The Healer of the Broken-Hearted.

I. Christ Was Sent To Be A Healer Of The Broken-Hearted.

As we begin to look at the power and ability that Christ has in Healing the Broken Hearted we must first understand that He Was Sent with this very purpose in mind. 700 years before the