February 12, 2020

The Lord will save me, and we will sing to stringed instruments all the days of our lives at the house of the Lord. Isaiah 38:20 

Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. Acts 3:8

Hezekiah is very ill as chapter 38 or Isaiah begins. He is near death and is told to put his affairs in order by the Lord. What to do? Hezekiah turns and prays to the Lord, reminding Him of his faithfulness over the years and how he has done good things. God listens to this, and gives him the promise of 15 years of life. Hezekiah then writes out his thanks and praise. How he was near death and now will live for more years and be able to praise God.

He lets everyone know that the Lord is going to save him, has even sent a sign that all is well. It is time to praise God with singing and stringed instruments which would mean in the temple as part of worship. He says “all the days” not just the one day we actually remember God’s saving grace, but each and every day should include singing and praising.

Same for the crippled man healed by Peter; he sat at the temple daily, begging for money. Peter tells him I don’t have any money but I give what I have. What he gave, through Jesus Christ, was healing of the man’s affliction. He could get up and walk! His response was to walk, and then to enter the temple leaping and praising God – now that would be a way to come into church for a worship service.  How do we come to church? Plodding half awake, or happily? Wouldn’t it be exciting if we came in the door praising and maybe, for those can do it, actually leaping? We can at least enter worship full of praise and wonderment at the God and Savior we have who is always there and ready to heal us of our every ill.

Lord, thank you for being there when we need you to save and heal us. Help us be faithful as we turn to you in our times of need. May we rejoice and sing your praise to all who can hear, knowing that you are the healer of all our hurts. Pull us out of ourselves today to walk, leap, and praise in the powerful name of Jesus. Amen.

Chris Gabel