Today’s Lectio Divina: Excerpts from Psalm 35. (MsgB)
But let me run loose and free, celebrating God’s great work,
Every bone in my body laughing, singing, “God, there’s no one like You.
You put the down-and-out on their feet and protect the unprotected from bullies!”
Do you believe in talking bones? Apparently King David did.
And as I sit here this morning, contemplating David’s Psalm 35, my left knee is indeed speaking to me.
Unfortunately, Mr. Left Knee is not laughing today. Not smiling. Not singing.
But screaming out to me…“I hurt, Marty!”
About a week ago, I twisted Mr. Left Knee and he has not been a happy camper since.
But if I read King David correctly, even in the midst of dark distress and deep trouble (read the rest of Psalm 35), my rescuing King can hear my cries for help and come to me, delivering me (and my broken body) from my worldly enemies.
And quite possibly, in the process, Mr. Left Knee can go from screaming out his pain to becoming a body part who is singing out God’s praise.
Kinda reminds me of the amazing promise for God-seekers found in Proverbs 2.
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!
A 60-something body that glows with health? A senior-citizen’s knee that vibrates with life?
Singing bones? Laughing knees?
Sounds a bit like science-fiction, don’t you think? But hey, it was only a few years ago I ran across an article in a medical journal that explained how cancer researchers are finding that our human cells actually vibrate with measurable sounds. Healthy cells vibrate with a pleasant musical pitch while cancerous cells seem to be screaming out in grotesque pain. Mr. Left Knee seems to be nodding in agreement with me that this holistic biblical approach to God and His creation just might be worth our efforts!
Be encouraged, Mr. Left Knee. Know that our God is able to overcome these remnants of this fallen world with His peace and healing that passes all understanding. Smile now, Mr. Left Knee, and let’s sing together…
“How great is our God. Sing with me…how great is our God!”
My prayer: God, the Scriptures tell me that You knit my body together in my mother’s womb. As my Master Creator, I defer to You. I ask You to come and rule and reign over every aspect of my broken body today. Bless Mr. Left Knee today, Father, empowering him to laugh and sing praises to You. For Your name’s sake. Amen.
My questions to ponder: What might my life look like if I approached my earthly existence with the biblical worldview of body, mind and spirit found in Psalm 35 or Proverbs 2? Am I open to God’s healing touch over my entire body, allowing the Master Healer to come rescue me in all areas of my life?
So what is God speaking to you today as you ponder the Psalms?
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