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. —Psalm 147:2-6
The reference in v. 2 is surely to the actual events that transpired in Nehemiah’s day when the people returned to rebuild the city. What’s truly remarkable is that God is not simply concerned with physical walls but with spiritual wounds. Earthly kings distance themselves from the lowly, but our God condescends to bring aid to the shattered and suffering. Said Spurgeon:
“Behold, the Most High has to do with the sick and the sorrowful, with the wretched and the wounded! . . . Few will associate with the despondent, but Yahweh chooses their company, and abides with them till he has healed them by his comforts. . . . He himself lays on the ointment of grace, and the soft bandages of love, and thus binds up the bleeding wounds of those convinced of sin” (3:B:415).
This is your God: he lovingly heals the crushed in spirit and powerfully assigns the stars their place in the heavens! He knows every hair on our heads and calls the stars by name (cf. Isa. 40:26)! Spurgeon again says it best:
“From stars to sighs is a deep descent! From worlds to wounds is a distance which only infinite compassion can bridge. Yet he who acts a surgeon’s part with wounded hearts, marshals the heavenly host, and reads the muster-roll of suns and their majestic systems. O Lord it is good to praise thee as ruling the stars, but it is pleasant to adore thee as healing the broken heart!” (3:B:415).
How wonderful that he is both the Lord over stars and the healer of hearts, but if he had to choose one or the other, there would be no hesitation. Our God would let every star in every galaxy disintegrate and disappear before he would abandon or neglect so much as one of his children, struggling and immature and frail though they be.