Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Healing Through Worship
V7 “Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses,
but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.”
What does healing and worship have to do with each other? Some would have us believe that if we attend their worship sessions, we will walk out being healed of our diseases. Is this what is taught in scripture? We need to reflect on what worship and healing are. Worship in its simplest definition is to ascribe worth. However the word itself doesn’t capture the totality of what can be seen in Biblical worship is. Worship is not only an event, it is a life-changing experience that is supposed to lead to action. We see an example of this happening in the vision of Isaiah. We see a sequence of events which includes the heavenly beings praising God, Isaiah recognizing the holiness of God which leads to a penitent heart, God calling for action, Isaiah responding to God’s call, and God cleansing and preparing Isaiah to carry out His work. In the New Testament we see an instance of worship which led to a conversion experience. In Acts 16, we see Paul and Silas worshipping God while imprisoned. Their worship was so powerful that an earthquake ensued causing the doors of the jail to open and them being freed from their chains. This incident brought about the conversion of the jailer.
It would also be wise to reevaluate our thoughts about healing. It should expand to include the healing of our body, mind, soul, and spirit. When thinking about healing as seen in the Bible, we tend to think of all of the healing signs performed by Jesus or Naaman being healed by Elisha. However scriptures reveal the healing also can be spiritual. 1 Peter 2:24 says, “by his wounds, you have been healed.” Proverbs 17: 22 teaches us about the importance of emotional health, “A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.” Acts 10:38 describes an aspect of Jesus ministry by saying, “He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” Proverbs 3:7-8 says, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be a healing for your flesh and a refreshment for your body.” This reveals the natural effect that godly living can have in your life. We should also expect sickness and suffering as believers as we see in the life of Job and Paul. Both these individuals did not allow their illness and suffering to get in the way of worship. In the midst of his suffering Job was able to say, “the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Paul was able to rely on God’s promise, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”
Psalm 20 gives us a powerful tool in combating the various sickness that those around us suffer from. We see in the first few verses a people interceding on behalf of the King for success against the enemy. This unified prayer give the king confidence and assuredness of God’s provision. Intercession and supplication are a key component of our worship. As a community of believers, when we intercede with unity of purpose, we will be a source of strength to those for whom we pray. They will be able to say with confidence, “we shall rise and stand upright.”
Heavenly Father, we thank for your promise of seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened. Help us to be a community of believers that intercede for the healing of those around us. Help us to always remember that unwavering faith and reliance in you are of utmost importance in our prayer life. Please bring healing into our lives and the land as whole. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
When we are committed to God, he becomes our strength.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church