Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place,
There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent…
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness— trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.
~ Psalm 91: 9-10, 14-16 [Amplified]
A small hospital chapel, one noon this past week, where so many gather like a human bouquet… some family… some friends… overflowing seats, so that some are standing against the wall as the door opens now and again for another, then another, to slip in… everyone leaning in to the breeze of the Spirit.
And the room is fragrant with His presence and with prayers for healing of one man, lifted before the Lord. Morning Glory.
One man, smiling, looking strong in counterpoint to his mobile treatment tubes alongside, takes his seat in the midst. One who has set his love on You, O Lord…and trusts in your deliverance...Later, bowing head as all gather round, those close enough laying hands on his shoulders… others moving near and fanning out as one radiant beauty rose, raising hands over him, in agreement with Word spoken…Hope waving as a banner… Grace flowing…
Again, within my own spirit, words of Life and Promise whisper against all worldly odds — still, so reflective of our God who Heals. They bubble up in me as anointing oil prayer poured out: He will live and not die, and proclaim what the Lord has done! (Psalm 118:17) The Glory of the Lord is rising on him… on us all… (Isaiah 60:1)…bestowing roses of beauty for ashes… (Isaiah 61:3)
And through his family, gifting a small thank you for coming to those leaving at the door — a miniature bag of homemade cookies ties a ribbon to this living prayer bouquet.
O Father of My Heart,
You are my refuge and strength! Jesus said You make me to dwell in You and You in me…even as He is in You and You are in Him! Safe in the shelter of Your wings, I rest. Evil may try to shadowbox me, but it cannot stand against You in me. For it is only a vapor, a cloud shadow. Trying to keep me from seeing Your light about to spill over me…
I [Fill in your name] will declare and wear Your scarlet-ribboned promises as my garment of praise, trusting You to heal in all ways as Your Name [God our Healer] says: You deliver me! You set me on high! Your vow is forever – that because I love You, because You love me and sent Jesus to sacrifice and rise with healing in His wings for me – You will never forsake me, no never! I have only to call on You, for when I do, You have guaranteed you will answer me. You will be with me in trouble! You deliver me and honor me. You will satisfy me with long life and show me your salvation.
I will keep my eyes turned towards hope… O let me walk each day in the glory light of your salvation. I will keep a running record of all Your deliverances in my life and hold them up against every doubt that comes to defeat.
Thought to ponder:
- What sweet promise have I seen Him fulfill according to His Word this past week, tie up in a bow of restoration beauty and healing hope, just for me?
- When I am going through something that seems impossible, what ways can I turn my heart to Him as my Deliverer and Healer that I maybe haven’t before?
© Pam Depoyan
(The story part, Beautiful is…joining to Five Minute Friday word prompt of ‘beautiful’)