“I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.
He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay,
And set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps!
He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the Lord” (Ps 40:1-4)
The Book of Psalms is the heavenly Balm of Gilead especially when you are in trouble and you need help from God. I love it!
It is almost six weeks since I fell and broke my ankle. I have to be on bed rest. I am a doctor and now I am a patient. Medical science has advance a lot in many areas. But when it comes to bone fractures, things have not changed much for the past four thousand years. The method to handle a bone fracture is simple. You need to immobilize the leg into a sling, a cast or a boot. This is to prevent movement, to protect the bone from more damage, to let it rest and give it the time to heal. There are no special drugs to make the bone heal faster. Time is a factor! God alone heals it!
My leg is in a cast. I am learning to be patient! I am learning (again) how to wait on the Lord! I know that I cannot force or manipulate God! I need to trust Him totally, even now. The sweetest moment after my fall was when I heard the Holy Spirit telling me: “Peace, be still! I am here with you!” I have not ‘recovered’ from the impact of His words. Thru His Word, I received the power to claim a mighty testimony buried in this miry clay! I acknowledge the Person of God the Holy Spirit! He speaks to me, carries me and comforts me. This is a wonderful thing happening to me right now. Jesus heard my cry! He has answered my prayers! He brought me out of the ‘horrible pit’ of fear and doubt. God’s presence is real to me. His grace is enough for me! This is my testimony, for now…
I remember that during the very first Sunday service in our new auditorium I sang: “You raise me up!” How prophetic the words have been… I love the song, the music and the words. But I did not know that I have to ‘play the part’ to make it real! That is when the anointing increases… It is only thru the fall that I can be raised up…
I feel the Holy Spirit! There is one thing to say: ‘Jesus is my Savior!’ It is another thing for Jesus to save you personally, to experience His touch directly. His deliverance is perfect. The miry pit is full of sticky slimy sin. Like a fly in the spider’s net, the more I tried to fight it, the worse I became. Then I cried Jesus!!! And He came to me! He did not only lift me up to but He set my feet upon the Rock that can never sink! I see that both of my feet are set upon Himself, the Rock of Ages! This is so encouraging to me… For now, I walk with only one foot and two crutches. But He did not say that I will be delivered with only one foot standing. No! He said that I will stand upon the Rock with my own two feet! My steps shall be established in my walking! I will have no crutches! I will not limp! I will not fall! I will dance better than ever before! In Jesus name, amen!
“I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene…” O Lord, Your works are wonderful! Your plans for us are good and not evil! “Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord; Let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me” Grace is a flower that blooms best in the desert for there are no competitions from human plantations. I see the change of the background… The holy drama is ready to start. The lights in the gallery get dim. The orchestra is waiting to play the music. This is my new song… conceived in pain at the foot of the Cross and revealed in the holy mystery of a new dawn… ‘You raise me up…’ I am not afraid! The miry clay becomes the garden of the Lord! The ugly swampy smell becomes the fragrance of Christ! My God is jealous! God must receive His glory! This lifting, this setting, this establishing, this new song, is my testimony! It will become a worship testimony! I am rehearsing it… Praise must ignite hope! The anointing will stir the hearts of the people of God! Many (not few) shall see it and fear the Lord! The glory of my God is revealed…For now, my English words are finished… The Spirit and the Bride say ‘Come Lord Jesus’… I bow down and I cry ‘Holy…’