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PRAISE THE ONE!

A highly respected member of the Jewish community, known by everyone for his service, has a little daughter who is suffering and near death.   There was also an unnamed woman who was suffering an embarrassing and debilitating medical condition. After suffering as long as she could, she sought medical help only to have her condition worsen after seeing “many doctors”. Mark 5:21-43 intertwines both stories and we nervously watch to see which one Jesus will save. What will His choice tell us about His priorities?

 

Mark describes a large crowd pressing in from every direction to see the popular Jesus. In the middle of the chaos, a leader of the synagogue came and fell at the Messiah’s feet. The respected but scared father left his daughter's side to find the Savior. Upon hearing the father’s plea, Jesus started towards the man’s home. How many things must have flowed through Jairus mind all at once? I know this will work. Will this work? What if we’re too late? Is Jesus really able to heal my daughter? As his pace quickened towards his home, he must have realized that Jesus was not right by his side. Instead, Jesus was looking around the crowd for someone who had “touched” him. Didn’t he know they needed to hurry? Didn’t he know his daughter was not going to last much longer? Jairus had to be confused. Couldn’t this wait until his daughter was saved? Who is he talking to now? Do I know her? Please hurry Lord!

 

We learn from these intertwined stories that Jesus is never hurried and He is never too busy to take care of each individual who calls out to Him. The unconscious little girl who’s worried father is a respected member of the community and the unnamed woman who has an unspeakable ailment. Both are the top priority for the Messiah.

 

God cares for the young and the old and everyone in between. He cares for the rich and prominent and He cares for the weak, poor, and infirmed. The unifying factor for Jairus and for the woman was their faith. They both believed in the power of Jesus to immediately address their needs. Both took action that testified of their belief and both received what only God could provide.

 

May each of us take time today to know that Jesus is listening to each one of us individually and that He alone is able to give us exactly what we need. He is infinite and He can address everyone of our finite needs. Praise the One who sets us free!

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PRAISING OUR GOD!

In the very first sentence of Psalm 146, the Psalmist commands the listener to give praise to the LORD. Then, the writer gets distracted and doesn't keep teaching, he spends the rest of the Psalm praising God himself. 

The Psalmist doesn't just include a list of attributes or character traits to an unseen deity. The writer praises God for his own being and soul. He includes God's actions of healing and miracles. He also includes praises for God's creation - heaven, earth, seas, etc. Finally, the writer re-gathers himself and once again tells us to "Praise the LORD". 

What seems at first like a hodgepodge of intimate, inanimate, and character traits about our Creator God for which we are to offer praise, the order becomes much clearer when I reflected on the Object of our praise from the first sentence. The LORD, YAHWEH, the covenant-keeping God who is the creator of all things is also the one who makes promises and offers intimate relationships to individuals.

The Psalmist teaches us an important lesson, not only in the content of his song but also in his presentation. I need to remind others to "Praise God" and then I need to let myself be carried away with the joy of doing just that. May 2020 be a year of celebrating His goodness and being wrapped up in His promises.

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