“…you refresh my life.
You are true to your Name…”
~ Psalm 23:3 [Contemporary English Version]
Feeling dogged lately?
Wondering why it is that sickness seems to be following you everywhere… time after time? Like you are just getting through to get past? A sitting duck, waiting for the next blow from nowhere? Almost anticipating it?
And a question has long been on my heart in prayer. Are we supposed to just be enduring… letting waves crash and carry us wherever they may? Is that God’s Heart when He calls Himself Jehovah Rapha, the Lord God Your Healer?
Lately, I’ve been struck by Proverbs 4: 20-24: “Turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.” [NIV]
More and more I am conscious of practicing preventive “medicine.” I try to eat healthy, antioxidant foods all the time. I see the doctor when necessary. I am setting my feet to walking, to being out in the sunshine even just 20 minutes whenever the weather cooperates. (And, albeit minus sun, even when it doesn’t…)
And as I’ve prayed about maintaining (or restoring) maximum health, I’ve had one recurring thought. What about His living water? He has given us foods that naturally build up our immune systems. How much more in the watering of the Word?
I think I am often running on Word-dehydration. A sprinkling here or there.
But what if I purposed to “take at least one ‘health-FULL’ word a day and let it soak into my innermost being as truer than any negative symptom coming against me… like a God-prescribed daily vitamin? Before something strikes… or double/triple/quadruple-up when it already has. Thwart the Thief (the devil) who is come to steal and destroy… and celebrate the Lord who has come to give me Life. (John 10:10)
What if I put more faith in what the LORD God says than in what things appear like, or what the world says, or what seems impossible? (Or take my eyes off what I’ve experienced in the past or seen someone else go through and keep expecting His word above even that…)
My Words bring health to your whole body… I will plant you like a tree by streams of water, and you will flourish…
And so, I thought — starting tomorrow (Sunday, June 2) — I would set up a little corner of this blog to do just that. Opening in the Old Testament and going through Revelations. Searching out those vitamins He’s given to bring us health to our whole body and spirit!
In keeping with STILL Sabbath weekends and Sunday Scripture and a Snapshot (links you may often notice on my weekend posts), I want these to be brief, tidbit devotions. Mostly just a verse, a prayer, a thought to ponder. Let His Word do the talking to our spirits most of all…
Like David in Psalm 103, I long to get in a habit of pushing out the negative things that only seem true — and tell my innermost being what IS true…every day… To bless the Lord! And to remember all His benefits… that He forgives all my sins, heals all my diseases, redeems my life from the pit, crowns me with love and compassion, satisfies my desires with good things so that my youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Won’t you join me? Starting tomorrow and ongoing each weekend, you’ll find these verses in a new category on the right of my blog… under God’s Health-full Word for Me… any time you want to soak them in.
Prayer: Father, with my camera, I can only try to capture the radiance you paint all around me. Shadow lights on stately trees with graceful arms uplifted… morning glory on my shoulders…pale yellow stars laid out on leafy branches. Every part, strung together with melodious birdsong. All this pointing me back to your promises for life-renewing hope. And so, I pray…
Plant and steep your Word in me so that it is overflowing rivers of health into all that I am… change my thoughts from accepting as impossible when you yearn to write MORE on my soul and even in my physical well being. Each one of Your holy names is like a window to who you are. Holy Spirit, reveal to me…and to all who pray with me here… the beauty of your Name, Jehovah Rapha, in fullness we have only yet begun to know. In healing miracles big or small…I give you all the glory. Amen.
© Pam Depoyan
P.S. I’d love to make this interactive as well… and look forward to your thoughts on any particular verse. If God encourages you or shows you something in one of these scriptures — or if you have a prayer need that you would like readers here to lift up — please come often to this little corner of His Health-Full Words and leave a comment! Let us be encouragers one to another and drink together of His Living Water…