I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing praises to You before the gods. I will bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth …. On the day I called, You answered me. You made me bold with strength in my soul …. For great is the glory of the Lord. For though the Lord is exalted, yet He regards the humble, but the proud He knows from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me. Psalm 138:1-2A, 3, 5B-7A
I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, and have not let my enemies rejoice over me. O Lord my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me. O Lord, You have brought up my soul from Sheol; You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit. Sing praise to the Lord, you His godly ones, and give thanks to His holy name. Psalm 30:1-4
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
We began the week looking at the Divine solution to Naaman’s need for physical healing and his initial response to that solution. Naaman struggled with yielding to the Divine solution offered to him. In contrast to Naaman is David whose overall orientation (heart, mind, and body) to God was “yielding.” This made David a ready beneficiary of God’s solutions to all manner of life issues. Most of us are more like Naaman than David. We, too, struggle to yield to anything that comes to us from outside ourselves and does not originate with us. It is a struggle that all humanity shares and it comes into play both in our relationship with God and with the people in our lives.
It could be that healing really is the focus of our considerations this week, but not like the physical disease from which Naaman was finally healed. Spiritual diseases (sin) of the heart, mind, and spirit cripple us in our ability to relate properly to God and the people in our lives. May we call on God for a touch upon our hearts, minds, and spirits and may we so yield to him that we are freed to be more yielding, gracious, and loving in all our dealings with the people God has placed in our lives.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I give thanks to your holy name. I call on you for spiritual healing. Touch my heart, mind, and spirit so that my overall orientation is “yielding “ to you. Make me a ready beneficiary to the solutions you have for all the issues of life I face. May my yielding to you free me to become more yielding, gracious, and loving in all my dealings with the people you have placed in my life. Amen!
Posted on Fri, July 28, 2017
by Ken Hart