Words from the Heart for Monday April 17th, 2017
Lord my God, I called out to you for help. And you healed me.
Psalm 30:2 (NIRV)
He Healed Me
These are the words of someone who has experienced the help of the Lord. The Lord has faithfully responded to the desperate cry. He has sent healing. He has not left the person alone with that need. Receive both faith and courage today from this testimony. Your story will also contain the times when you experience the help of the Lord. You will be able to share it with others.
If you are a fan of Canadian figure skating, you will remember Elvis Stojko’s bravery at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. Three-time world champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist Elvis Stojko had already stressed his groin at the Canadian championships that year, but the morning of the men’s short program at the Nagano Olympics, he tore a muscle in his groin at an early morning practice. He went into emergency mode. He pushed himself hard to win the silver medal. The injuries led to a dark time, and Stojko ended up leaving Canada. The good news is that he is back. He moved to Mexico for a number of years, and married Gladys Orozco there five years ago. And now that he has settled back in Canada, he has reconnected with Skate Canada where he is conducting seminars for young skaters.
The greatest praise often flows out of the greatest need. It’s why heaven, which is filled with the praises of the angels now, will become even more praise-filled when the Church is called heavenward. The praise of the redeemed, who have experienced the pain of sin, and now will be ushered into the kingdom to which they belong, the kingdom of perfect love and life, will be even greater than that of the angels. The angels have experienced the glory of God, but only the redeemed of the human race have experienced the depth of Jesus’ love and joy of sins forgiven. Psalm 30 was written by David, but it also was used for the dedication of the Temple, which would not be built by David, but by his son Solomon. David begins with exaltation for God’s goodness and faithfulness during some challenging times. David needed the Lord’s favour and trusted God for deliverance from his enemies, and for healing. Psalm 30:2 tells us “Lord my God, I called out to you for help. And you healed me.” What a wonderful, simple statement of trust and faith. Lord, I called out to you for help. David had experienced God’s forgiving grace. He had known the pain of sin and had experienced God’s conviction and redemption. And so when he needed God’s healing, he reached out in faith and received it. So can you. For what do you need to reach out to him today? Do so in faith.
These have been words from the heart.