Psalm 107:19-20, NIV
“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble and he saved them from their distress. He sent forth his word and healed them.”
We are constantly in need of the Lord, but so often people only cry out to Him for help when they are in distress. I was once on a plane that filled with smoke in mid-air. I looked around and saw how suddenly the whole atmosphere in the plane had changed. People were obviously praying and starting to cry out to God. People who, moments earlier, were oblivious to the presence of God were, very suddenly, made to focus their attention on Him!
That is such a clear picture of how many people live their lives, unaware of the presence of God. Even believers can find it easy to live out their lives like this, fulfilling all their own desires day by day, but without paying much attention to what God may be saying to them. Then, when things go wrong, and a crisis occurs, they can suddenly, like the psalmist, in their trouble cry out to the Lord from their distress.
Our Scripture for today comes from the Old testament, but many people only associate healing with the Gospels and the stories and teaching of Jesus. God’s truth is the same in the old as well as the New! For example, the foundational Scripture for Ellel Ministries is from Luke 9:11, where Luke tells us that Jesus welcomed people, taught them about the Kingdom of God and healed those in need. And in our Scripture for today, we have almost exactly the same thinking expressed from the Old Testament, where it says that God sent forth His Word (His truth) and healed them. This foundational healing principle is as present in the Old Testament as it is in the New – if we feed on the truth of the Word of God, we will discover that when we apply it in our lives it becomes a powerful healing message which can transform our lives.
I have just met a person who we prayed with over twenty-five years ago. She was radiantly telling us how God had transformed her life and that she was now bringing others back for the same help she received. And what was that help? To put it simply, it was the application of God’s truth in a way she could understand and apply in her life. She was healed by God through the application of His Word. This is such a precious message – I pray you will not only want to know what the Word of God says, but you will actually want to apply it in your life and experience God’s salvation and healing as He sets you free from trouble and distress.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for Your living Word. Forgive me for the times when I have chosen not to apply it in my life. Help me to stay close to you so that I will more clearly hear Your voice giving me clear direction along life’s journey and experience Your healing touch in my life. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.