1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Salvation is connected with the healing of the whole person. The emphasis is on the spiritual healing of being forgiven and reconciled with God. This connection is also often made by Jesus as he often both forgives the person’s sin and physically heals them. From this spiritual healing flows the beginning of wholeness in all areas of our lives that will come to fruition in all its fullness in the new creation where there will be no more sin, death, pain or tears.
Today, look to the Lord. Trust in the One who took our place. Look to the one who carries our burdens and took the guilt of our sin and shame away. As we look to what Jesus did on the cross, may the bitter areas of our lives become sweet. May the broken areas become whole. May the hurt give way to greater and greater healing. Today, may we meet the God who heals. By His wounds we are healed. [P. Cory Ricks, Upside UP Fall College Conference, 2018].