Healer of Hearts

Meditating on Psalm 147.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
Sing praises on the harp to our God,
8 Who covers the heavens with clouds,
Who prepares rain for the earth,
Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
9 He gives to the beast its food,
And to the young ravens that cry. (vv. 7-9)

In this psalm, the psalmist once again praises the glory, grace, and goodness of God. There are many things going on in this psalm, but I’d like us to bring our focus on this:

He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds. (v. 3)

This has been our running theme in recent posts – how that the Lord weaves a beautiful love story in our lives if only we give ourselves wholly to Him. The above verse gave a name to my story. Before I gave my life to Jesus, broken in body, heart, and spirit, I never thought that He alone could heal my brokenness and bind up my gaping wounds. The devil is way too cruel to leave you with a flimsy thread of hope of ever mending, once you ventured anywhere near his lair. Like living a life of adultery. You become his. That’s exactly how he left me – helplessly clinging to the thin thread that connected me to whatever was left of my life.

Then Jesus came, with His power, light, and love. I thought I only sought Him for forgiveness of my sins so I could die at peace with God. But there was also hope that maybe He’d be merciful enough to heal my body, too. But He did much more than anything I had hoped for. His grace abounded to me. “…But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound” (Rom. 5:20). He redeemed my soul, cleansed me from the sin of my dark past, restored my family, healed our broken hearts and bound up our wounds.

He can easily do those things in just one stroke of His powerful hand. “He sends out His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly” (v. 15). And yet, there are still many who don’t want to be anywhere near Him. They insist on seeking cure for their ailments elsewhere, not knowing that it’s probably their souls that were sick and suffering and need healing.

My prayer for the broken is this: That the Savior Jesus Christ be their Redeemer, Healer, Restorer. That He will reign in their hearts and minds and be their Lord and King.

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Vantage Point

Meditating on Psalm 144:

Blessed be the Lord my Rock…
2 My lovingkindness and my fortress,
My high tower and my deliverer,
My shield and the One in whom I take refuge… (vv. 1-2)

David begins this psalm, like most of the others he’d written, with praise. He had experienced first-hand God’s mighty deliverance over and over again as he went to battle against his foes. From the very first day that he stepped on the battleground to take on Goliath, without armor and shield but only his sling – he had trusted fully in the living God. He had seen how God gave him strength to kill the wolves and bears that attacked the flock he tended with only his bare hands. His faith in God enabled him to convert those episodes of victory on the hills to the battlefield, toppling kings and princes of the heathen nations in his wake.

Surely, if we allow God in all areas of our lives – marriage, family, motherhood, work, etc. – He will show Himself mighty to us, too. If we run to Him, bearing our problems, broken hearts, sick bodies, unquiet minds, and all our other urgent petitions – He will also become to us a refuge, a strong tower, a mighty fortress, our deliverer, healer, shield, problem-solver, provider. He will become to us our everything as David had made Him his.

Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him?
Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him?
4 Man is like a breath;
His days are like a passing shadow. (vv. 3-4)

Because of the Lord Almighty’s wondrous work in David’s life, he couldn’t help but marvel, “What is man that you’re mindful of him?” Because of the mighty deeds of the Lord in his life that were magnified many times over, David saw himself as small, a mere mortal. Though a mighty warrior, he possessed the heart of a humble servant and took the posture of complete humility before God. From this vantage point, he was able to see the highness, the majesty, the excellency of God as against his humanity.

This passage got me to thinking: It is because of where we have put ourselves that sometimes our vantage points propel us to demand of God, put the blame on Him when things don’t go our way, or even accuse Him when bad things happen. I know there are people who treat God as if He owed them anything! I think this is a most unfortunate place to be: to think that God only exists to wait on us at our beck and call. But if we shift our positions and take that low place, we will be able to see and appreciate what God is really doing in our lives. That He is actually at work for all of us, for all of humanity, 24/7.

If we have allowed Him into our lives and walk with Him everyday, we will be in that position to praise and glorify Him and be in awe of His salvation, deliverance, healing, and miracles. And you know what? We will know what David had known all along:

Happy are the people who are in such a state;
Happy are the people whose God is the Lord! (v. 15)

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God’s Treasury

When you pray, what do you imagine? I mean, for those Christians who worship the one true living God in spirit and in truth and not before an image. When you close your eyes tightly and focus on your prayers, what does your mind imagine, if it does at all. When I am desperate to reach the throne of grace and really want to give glory to the Lord in my thanksgiving and reach Him through my prayers, I do my best to imagine the throne room. As I give glory or implore Him with my supplications, eyes tightly closed, I imagine Him in His throne in all His glory: lifted high, bright white clouds covering the place, magnificent colors of the rainbow and reflections of brilliant precious stones emanating from the throne, the floor like a sea of glass, with thunderings and lightnings.

But try as I might, my imaginations are so limited. So, often, I just imagine the King of kings and the Lord of lords before me, bright as the sun. Though even in my mind, I cannot see His face. I imagine Him standing in front of me, listening to my words. If we really believe that the Lord is real and He lives, our prayers also become so alive. We are not talking to an impotent image made by man’s hands, but to the One who has all the power and might to move heaven and earth on our behalf! We worship God and give Him glory even though we cannot see Him. For all He’s doing in our lives, we lift up our praise to Him. For we know that every blessing we receive, even those hard graces which later turn out into greater blessings, comes from His hand.

Like me, you may also be in that place of waiting. Waiting for answer to our earnest prayers, for fulfilment of our deepest desire. And at times, we may grow faint in giving Him glory as we nurse our gloomy hearts. But when we look around us, at the things that have always been there but have been rarely noticed, we see the glory of God. And if our hearts are humble enough to let ourselves be caught in awe of what the Lord is showing us, we will be gripped in the beauty of His creation. Through these unexpected gifts, He will fill us with joy and we will be comforted right in our sparse places.

One time as I was scrolling down my FB newsfeed, I saw beautiful photos of God’s creation which were just uploaded by a brother in Christ. He and his companions were foraging the beautiful coral which emerged out of the waters on a low-tide morning. Our church’s outreach station in San Fernando, La Union is near the beach and how wondrous is it to walk on the coral barefoot, admiring the vibrant plethora of life hiding there! What I wouldn’t give to be there, walking, examining, and touching those beautiful living things God created!

I gazed at the photos longingly, yet, the Lord was filling my heart with joy and inspiration. Things like these, which our senses can feast upon, give us hope and inspiration to continue walking in faith. The King gives us glimpses of His glory through His creation. That day, on a quiet after-Christmas morning, in a place hundreds of miles away from the beach, I received God’s unexpected gift.

God’s treasury is full of good and perfect gifts. He sends out showers to make His children’s hearts glad. And because He’s the gift-giver, I will not lose hope in receiving the gift I so desire – my healing. Someday soon.

 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea?
or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?

Where is the way where light dwelleth?
and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,

Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?
or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,

Hath the rain a father?
or who hath begotten the drops of dew?
Out of whose womb came the ice?
and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it? (selected verses from Job 38)

(Photos courtesy of Brother Philip Delmendo).

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