August 16, 2007
Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases. Psalm 103:2- 3
Have you ever wondered how mere humans can bless the Lord, the God of most high, the one who created the universe? When I was younger, I pondered this idea often, thinking I was too insignificant to bless God. As my experience with God grew, I realized that our praise blesses God. How amazing it is, the fact that our praise blesses the Lord.
If you know me or have been reading my blog, then you know that my jaw has given me problems for years. At one time, I had a serious problem with TMJ or TMD and trigeminal neuralgia. Then God healed me of trigeminal neuralgia. My jaw was fixed also, but by human hands. Then my jaw was injured again during dental treatment. No one could fix my jaw this time, and I realized it was time to ask God for another miracle. I wondered if it were too much to ask. I wondered if I had the faith to trust God with my jaw. After all, I was frustrated by my circumstances. I did not understand why God healed trigeminal neuralgia - a cranial nerve - and then allowed my jaw to go awry and cause facial pain, neck pain and head pain once again. Would God rescue me again?
In spite of my frustration, God delivered another miracle Sunday, August 5th. I did not know at the time of prayer that I was healed, but I knew by the next morning that my jaw had been restored. I had not been able to move my jaw at all for several days, but by Monday morning it was as though I had never had jaw pain. I am completely healed and I am praising God for His mercy.
I thank God for releasing me from this situation. I thank Him for His forgiveness and love. The benefits of living for Him are more than fringes; they are the essence of freedom. Jesus came to free us. Sometimes freedom comes in the midst of pain, even before our circumstances change. Best of all, we don’t have to earn it or work for it. Freedom is one of God’s most precious gifts. Lord, thank You for your freedom. Thank You for healing my jaw. Thank You for allowing my praise to bless You.
Have you read With Great Mercy?