Monday, February 25, 2013

A beautiful verse: Jeremiah 17:14

Heal me, O Yahweh, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for you are my praise. (Jeremiah 17:14, WEB)

This has always been a very romantic verse to me. Full of love and trust for the Lord. Can you feel it? 

If you are a husband to a wife, imagine your wife telling you, "Protect me, my husband, and I will be protected; hug me, and my life shall have warmth: I have always boast that about you to my friends."

If you are a wife to a husband, imagine your husband saying this to you, "Love me, my darling, and in my life I shall be loved; be kind to me, and I shall have kindness in my life: I have always praise that about you to my buddies."

The verse shows the complete trust in our Lord. The sentence structure implies when the Lord provides for us in any area, in that area, we shall have no lack but be richly provided for. And the verse ends with saying that Lord is our praise. The word "praise" (Strong's 8416: "Tehilla") also means "song of praise". Normally we will burst into song and praise when we have obtained our answer. But in this case, we are so certain of our Lover's sure goodness in our lives that we rejoice about Him and His salvation before the answer comes. The verse did not say "I praise you because you heal and save me". It says "I know you will heal and save me, because you are who I praise". It boasts about the goodness of our Lord. Do you know the Lord actually asks us to do exactly that?

Thus says Yahweh, Don't let the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, don't let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he has understanding, and knows me, that I am Yahweh who exercises loving kindness, justice, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, says Yahweh. (Jeremiah 9:23-24, WEB)

So brothers and sisters, meditate on Jeremiah 17:14. Savor it. In your prayers, you can also pray in that way. It really carries the right spirit towards our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 


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