Saturday, July 07, 2012

The Healing Word

 17Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
 18Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.
 19Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.
 20He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
 21Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
 22And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing. 

The Healing Word

As we continue our Psalms Devotions, in our series called "First Love," we encounter the fool. This Psalm is not speaking of a person whose mental faculties are compromised, but rather a person whose spiritual faculties are compromised by sin. God, in His great mercy, afflicts the foolish in Psalm 107 to the point that all food is abhorrent to them. They are so sick that they are near the gates of death.

To the fool who looks to God in their trouble and cries out to Him, God saves them out of their distresses. Not only does He restore them physically, but He restores them spiritually as well, by sending to them the healing Word. He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

Then we have the now familiar benediction and the psalmist's response.
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men?And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
It is not in our nature to consider that God is being gracious to us when He is sending, or at least allowing, times of affliction. No one takes pleasure in the afflicting hand of God. But, when Christians consider the loving hand of God, chastising them for a time, they understand that God has a specific purpose for the afflictions. Though they may seem devastating at the time, yet the peaceable fruit of righteousness which results from them, is precious, indeed! 

God does not take these times of affliction lightly, but does two things. First, He allows the Christian to feel His great love and comfort, that the Christian would understand that God's love is personal and specific to him or her. Second, He uses the times of affliction to grow the Christian, that their faith might be purified in the furnace of life. God brings us to love Him more and more, and the world, less and less.

What an amazing God we serve. Through times of affliction, He brings us to the knowledge of Him, and when we cry out to Him for help, He saves us. As the years of this life pass, we long more and more to enter the gates of heaven, for we understand that this world is not our home.

Oh that, this day, we would praise the LORD for His goodness, and His wonderful works to the children of men! May we sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing!

God Bless You,
Linda


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