Gems 2015 — June 21 Scripture Selection: Psalm 29-30

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

June 21 Scripture Selection: Psalm 29-30

Food for Thought: Ps. 30:5

Let’s face it. We’ve all had moments of sadness. The world in its cursed condition produces thorns which sometimes prick us. Jesus tells us in John 16:33 that we would face such things, but that in Him we would have peace. He added, “… be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” The Lord also says to us in Isaiah 61:1c among the list of things that He would accomplish on our behalf, “He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted.”

Pain can be healed! The Lord fully intends for us to rise up from the ashes and get all we can from the life He has for us so that we can reach our highest potential. And in order to accomplish that, He makes sure to send us healing to restore us and bring us joy. Psalm107:20 says, “He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” Further, Malachi 4:2 promises, “But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings.”

Jesus literally removes the sadness and replaces it with joy, as Isaiah 61:3 says in expressing part of His purpose and mission on earth: “To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” In Isaiah 35:10, we have the assurance that we will “obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”

As we give the Holy Spirit, the Comforter (John 14:16, 26) free reign to fulfill His work in us in such times of emotional pain, He will do as the Lord promises in His Word. It is a matter of not rejecting His touch when experiencing anguish, as some, inconsolable, are inclined to do. By receiving His healing by faith, no matter how difficult the situation, we can say as the psalmist does in Psalm 30:11, “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.”

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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