Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | August 24, 2014

August 24, 2014 “Shove In Some Shouts”

 

 

 

“I cried like a swift or thrush. I moaned like a morning dove.” (Isaiah 38:14)

“The Lord will save me and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the Lord” (Isaiah 38:20)

Good Morning and blessed Lord’s Day to you, my dear Friends!

Poor old King Hezekiah! He was not well and it was feared that death was near. In fact, the Lord himself laid that in his heart, so he turned weeping to God seeking healing. God heard his prayer and sent the prophet Isaiah to tell the king that his prayer did not go unnoticed, and that he would not only heal him, but add another fifteen years on to his life. To reassure Hezekiah, God also sent a sign to verify that He intended to do as He said He would. He “turned back the clock” as it were, by making the shadow cast by the setting sun retreat ten steps on the stairway of Ahaz. Now any divinity that has the power to turn back time itself certainly has the power to heal a sick man, and He did! Hezekiah’s response to this miraculous answer to his prayer was to recount for all in writing what God had done for him. His written response after his illness and miraculous recovery serves as a prayer lesson for us even today. You may read it all in Isaiah 38: 10-20, and I encourage you to do so, but what I would particularly like to point out today is found in the verses noted above. In verse 14, Hezekiah tells us that he “moaned like a morning dove.” I think you would agree with me that in many a prayer there is a lot of moaning going on. The fact is that moaning and groaning over some personal need, such as healing from sickness, plays a prominent role in many a prayer lifted up to God.  Truth be told, not only does it play a prominent role, personal need is quite often the prime motivating factor of many a prayer. We have a need, so we turn to God, who is not unsympathetic to our need. Like a child who skins a knee and runs to mommy or daddy for comfort, we turn to God to soothe our sorrow. This is not a bad thing, for He cares for us. But prayer is not just a resource for us to utilize when trouble comes. He concludes his recollection with these words of praise: “The Lord will save me and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the Lord”.  The Psalmist reminds us to “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with songs.” (Psalm 100: 1-2)

Hezekiah recounts his praise lifted up to God for his healing, which is a good thing. But we need not delay in shouting out our praises to God only when He acts on our behalf. The truth is, He already has! He is worthy of our praise from the get-go. Twentieth century evangelist Billy Sunday once said,

“Yank some of the groans out of your prayers and shove in some shouts.”  

Com into His presence with thanksgiving and praise. Then when the time of groaning comes, you will more fully understand that the one you cry out to in time of need is the same loving, capable God to Whom you have shouted out your praise each day. Shove in some shouts of praise and yank out some of those groans. It’s a much better way to begin your day, yes? Let’s pray!

Worthy are You, O God, of my shouts of joyous praise! I lift up my voice in song before You. My prayers of thanksgiving fill my heart as I thank you for each healing, for each tender mercy, and most of all, for the gift of salvation which is mine through Jesus my Lord! Glory to You, O Lord, forever and ever. Amen!

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