To what extent do I trust the Lord of the Universe?
I study and embrace the scriptures – – for I know they are a lamp unto my feet and a lamp unto my path.
But do I TRULY believe that ALL scripture is God breathed — effective — living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword; piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.? Well yes — of course I do.
I know that His Word is Life — Truth — Answers to any question I may pose to my day —even pertaining to the culmination of my lifetime accounted for here on earth.
YET — Is the VERY WORD I have so readily available as POWERFUL – EFFECTIVE AND INCREDIBLE as I approbate it to be?
How then can I accept His silence when I petition for healing on my own behalf?
I have prayed fervently alongside others for miracles. I have claimed Kingdom promises for my own Family — I have whispered desperate pleas to my Papa for myself.
Do I do so with complete FAITH for Him to respond? Am I hindering His desire to bless me with His very best — simply because I plead in an attitude of bereavement – perhaps a partial expectation that my prayer will NOT be answered?
THIS is why I am SO VERY THANKFUL for the testament of Psalm 103 verse 4a.
Most common translations state that our Lord:
“Crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
He satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”
Without doubt however, I am most encouraged in my Spirit with the way “The Message” presents these same words:
“He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.
He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.
He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.”
I am ALWAYS YOUNG in HIS presence!
Think about how Eugene E. Peterson the writer of the Message visualized these ancient words into meaning for out lifetime — the eagle glides effortlessly upon the updrafts higher and higher into the upper atmosphere closer and closer to the throne God — We can obtain this communion with our Father similarly — without great downstrokes against the air currents of our circumstances — only by opening wide our wings of worship to embrace the presence of the Holy Spirit – our Father – our Brother – as we enter into the Holy Presence of the Throne Room.
This explains so much for me personally! Freedom from PAIN as I am enveloped within our Father’s presence. CONFIDENCE to ask and freely receive with expectation of HIS healing — after all — I’m lifted up already into the stratosphere of HIS presence!
I have experienced healing often during a worship service. It happens once I abandon myself to immerse my physical self into worship — it’s incredible to abandon all physical pain and worship the LORD without expectation of WHAT may happen next.
I know that what follows may or may not meet my expectations — but regardless, the LORD of the Universe wishes me to worship Him unhindered.
Albeit — it does not happen every time. I have not been completely healed per se – but the joyous possibility remains — His Word tells me so – and thusly, I am joyfully expectant of the future.