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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

My Comforter and Healer

But I will keep on hoping for your help;
    I will praise you more and more.
I will tell everyone about your righteousness.
    All day long I will proclaim your saving power,
    though I am not skilled with words.
I will praise your mighty deeds, O Sovereign Lord.
    I will tell everyone that you alone are just.
O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood,
    and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do.
Now that I am old and gray,
    do not abandon me, O God.
Let me proclaim your power to this new generation,
    your mighty miracles to all who come after me.
Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens.
    You have done such wonderful things.
    Who can compare with you, O God?
You have allowed me to suffer much hardship,
    but you will restore me to life again
    and lift me up from the depths of the earth.
You will restore me to even greater honor
    and comfort me once again.
—Psalm 71:14-21 (NLT)

Pain is worse in the night when you can’t sleep. Last night I asked the Holy Spirit for something to help me, and I thought of Psalm 71. Since it was not familiar to me, I got out of bed as quietly as I could and found my Bible on the bedside table. Placing it in the carrier on my walker, I went into our bathroom so that I would hopefully not bother Pat. I began reading Psalm 71. Several verses stood out to me, but when I got to verse 14, I knew I had found my message.

I will always believe in the Lord's healing promise. When pain is hard, I praise Him. My heart's desire is to share the Lord's righteousness and His power to save. The words I write aren't from any skill I have. It is His. I pray the words are always from Him. I will praise Him and continuously tell others what He has done for me!  

God has taught me from the moment I believed in Him as a child. Now that I am old, He won’t abandon me. I pray that He allows me to proclaim His power to this new generation and His mighty miracles to all who come after me.

Who can compare with Him?  Who loves with His Grace? No one! His righteousness reaches me in Jesus and claims me as His own. In suffering, I have learned. He shall restore me to life again and lift me from this pain. He will restore me to a higher place. He is my comforter and healer!

“My child,” you whisper, “pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body” (Proverbs 4:20-22, NLT).

©2020 Lynn Lacher

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