The Blessings of Sickness

Psalm 30

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We’re living through a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. Disease hunts us and sickness stalks us. Many have already fallen to this foe. Even if we haven’t lost our health, we’ve all lost something. We’ve lost school, graduations, businesses, money, church, friendship, vacations, and so on. It’s a fear-filled time and a tear-filled time.

But, sickness need not be only a curse and a loss. With God’s blessing, it can also be a time of blessing and gain by being a time of prayer and praise. In Psalm 30, David shows us the blessings of sickness by using sickness to pray and praise.


“Glory to me in the highest!”

Psalm 29

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We love to hear God’s voice, don’t we? We hear his voice in our consciences, we hear God’s voice in and through creation and providence, and we hear God’s voice loudest and clearest in his Word. We love to hear God’s voice more than any other voice. That’s why it pains us so much when others just totally ignore it. In Psalm 29, David agonizes over this and helps us turn our pain into praise. He says, amplify God’s voice to unavoidable decibels.


Is God listening?

Psalm 28

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At times it doesn’t look like God is listening to us. We pray and pray and pray but it feels like all our words are landing on deaf ears. God isn’t listening, so we stop speaking. We go into ‘silent stare’ mode.

How can we fix this? Believe God is listening to increase our speaking. Or to put it more simply: God’s open ears increase our prayers. That’s what we learn in Psalm 28.


“If I had one prayer….”

Psalm 26

 

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If God came to you and said, “I’ll give you one prayer request,” what would you ask for? What’s the one thing you would request? That’s a revealing question isn’t it? It helps us discover our highest priority, our deepest longing, and our hidden motivation. And that’s good, because our priorities, longings, and motivations often influence and control us without us realizing it.

In Psalm 27, King David tells us what he asked for when given when given this prayer opportunity. He was facing external and internal enemies. He asked for a sight of God’s beauty because God’s beauty expels ugly fears.