O LORD my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me.Psalm 30:2(NASB)
There are many times we cry out to the Lord for His healing touch in our lives and on our bodies. We often call out to God for some restorative miracle for a friend or acquaintance who has been struck down with a serious health issue or life-threatening complaint, but too often we forget to give God the thanks and praise for His healing touch in our life, and for health restored. Too often we simply commend the skill of the doctor or applaud the success of the prescribed medication... or we just rejoice for the health-giving supplement that was recommended for our complaint, by a caring friend!
However, in this psalm we hear of David rejoicing in the Lord and extolling His goodness and grace as he sings a song of grateful thanks and praise for restoring him to health and strength: "O LORD my God," he sings joyfully, "I cried to You for help, and You healed me!" We do not know what ailed this celebrated king of Israel, but his illness certainly delighted his enemies, for the psalm begins: "I will extol You, O LORD, for You have lifted me up, and have not let my enemies rejoice over me."
It was obvious that some sort of health issue was causing his adversaries to gloat over David's incapacity... and as well as his restored health, this shepherd-king of Israel gave thanks to God, because the uncharitable gloating of David's enemies over his debilitating illness, had been halted.
Undiluted thanks and grateful praise is always due to our Heavenly Father, when we have been restored to health and strength. However, we should not forget to offer prayers, supplication, intercession, and thanksgiving in every area of life and not only in connection with health and healing.
It is often as we intercede about the disability, distresses, cares, or concerns of others, that God sends wonderful answers to our prayers which affect many areas of our own life and have a positive and productive effect in the lives of many others. How necessary it is to always recognise the hand of God, touching lives through prayer.
It seems likely that David's health issue was life-threatening, for further on we read: "O LORD, You have brought up my soul from Sheol. You have kept me alive, so that I would not go down to the pit." God has scheduled each day of our life and none of us know the day or the hour when we or those we love, will breathe our last.
We are all aware that mornings of joy follow every night of weeping, but when a death-threatening illness has been reversed by God's grace and healing hand has brought life-giving health and strength, we should never forget to thank Him and to extol His holy name for His kindness in raising us up into health and wholeness.
May we be ready and delighted to sing praises to the Lord, day and night, and not forget to give Him the thanks and glory due His name, when specific prayers have been answered - or for those times when He graciously responds to our call before we even form our heart's petition into words.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the many times You restore health and strength to those who are sick. Thank You for the times I have seen those with life-threatening diseases made whole and strengthened by Your goodness and grace. Thank You for the doctors, nurses, surgeons, and medics You use to bring healing to sick souls, and for the amazing medications and healing supplements that so often bring restoration to a sick body or diseased mind. May I never forget to bring my needs and petitions to You in prayer first, and may I never forget to give You the praise and glory due when health has been restored, for You are the only life-Giver and You provide all the life-giving curatives for every ill. Thank You that my times are in Your hands, and help me to trust You even when physical healing does not come. May I always remember to sing praise to Your holy name and not remain silent, but give thanks to You forever and ever. In Jesus' name, AMEN.
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