Thursday, September 15, 2016

Balm in Gilead

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
Praise God; ye servants of the Lord,
praise God; his Name adore.
Yea, blessèd be the Name of God
henceforth and evermore.
 —Psalm 113:1-2
Suggested tune: Dundee (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored?
—Jeremiah 8:21-22
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
No hand can heal a broken heart save the Divine hand that made it. The minister's words cannot heal your wounds. The Holy Spirit alone can pour in the true balm. The ancient question was, 'Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?' The answer is, 'No, there is none.' There is no balm in Gilead—that is not the place to look for it. There is no physician there. If there were, the health of God's people might be recovered. But it is not recovered in Gilead and never will be. The only true balm comes from Calvary! The only unfailing Physician is he who has gone up to his Father's throne, yet who hears the cry of all who call upon him in sincerity. 

He understands your case, for he has passed through an experience exactly similar to yours. He has not only walked the hospitals—an essential thing for a physician to do—but he has, himself, lain on the bed in the hospital. Christ took upon himself our sicknesses and bore our sorrows—and even our sins were caused to meet upon him when he hung on the accursed tree as the Substitute for all who believe in him! You have, therefore, the best of physicians to heal you! So, sin-sick soul, look to him!
 —Charles Spurgeon
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
O hope of Israel! O Lord! All who forsake you shall be put to shame; those who turn away from you shall be recorded in the underworld, for they have forsaken the fountain of living water, the Lord. Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for you are my praise...
 —Jeremiah 17:13-14
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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