This past Sunday we had the pleasure of meeting with Brother Kim Vedros, or Master Kim as he is affectionately known, at our house church gathering. I am always challenged by his understanding of the Word and unique perspective. Bro. Kim shared a word from Psalm 107 concerning God’s faithfulness to us when we cry out to Him.
So, because of Master Kim I have been meditating on Psalm 107. This is the part that caught my heart:
Some are fools [made ill] because of the way of their transgressions and are afflicted because of their iniquities.
They loathe every kind of food, and they draw near to the gates of death.
Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivers them out of their distresses.
He sends forth His word and heals them and rescues them from the pit and destruction. Oh, that men would praise [and confess to] the Lord for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and rehearse His deeds with shouts of joy and singing!
(Psalm 107:17-22 AMP)
This caught my attention mainly because, like most of us, I can appreciate being “afflicted” because of my iniquities. Did you ever do something stupid that you can’t fix? Or been faced with a problem you TRY to fix and it only gets worse? I know I have. Then when it finally gets bad enough, the light bulb comes on. “I know”, I say to myself, “I’ll call on God!”
This passage in Psalm 107 reminds me of the story of the woman with the issue of blood in the Gospel of Mark:
And when Jesus had recrossed in the boat to the other side, a great throng gathered about Him, and He was at the lakeshore. Then one of the rulers of the synagogue came up, Jairus by name; and seeing Him, he prostrated himself at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, so that she may be healed and live.” And Jesus went with him; and a great crowd kept following Him and pressed Him from all sides [so as almost to suffocate Him]. And there was a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years, and who had endured much suffering under [the hands of] many physicians and had spent all that she had, and was no better but instead grew worse. She had heard the reports concerning Jesus, and she came up behind Him in the throng and touched His garment, for she kept saying, “If I only touch His garments, I shall be restored to health”. And immediately her flow of blood was dried up at the source, and [suddenly] she felt in her body that she was healed of her [distressing] ailment. Jesus, recognizing in Himself that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around immediately in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” The disciples kept saying to Him, “You see the crowd pressing hard around You from all sides, and You ask, Who touched Me?” Still He kept looking around to see her who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had been done for her, though alarmed and frightened and trembling, fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith (your trust and confidence in Me, springing from faith in God) has restored you to health. Go in (into) peace and be continually healed and freed from your [distressing bodily] disease.” (Mark 5:21-34 AMP)
Now it is not my intention to say that this woman was a “fool” or “afflicted” because of her iniquities. But because of her ailment she “had endured much suffering under [the hands of] many physicians” AND gave them all her money. The result of her physicians’ ministrations even left her worse off than before! Then the woman heard about Jesus. “If I can just touch Him” she said. Psalm 107 says they “cry out in their trouble”. If our crying out doesn’t touch God what good is it? In Psalm 107 they “touched” God by crying out to Him and He sent forth His word and healed them.
The Gospel of John calls Jesus the Word of God:
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:14 KJV)
The woman cried out and reached out to touch the Word (Jesus) sent by God. And on top of it all Jesus turns to this frightened, trembling woman and calls her “daughter”. Now that’s when you have really touched God.