- Joe Norton
The Great Healer (12/12/2021)
“I said, ‘Lord, be merciful to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against you” (Psalm 41:4).
Since the first pair sinned while basking in the Great Garden Paradise God had prepared for them, mankind has had the need for praying this prayer verbalized here by David. Apparently not referring to any particular sin, David just realizes he regularly stands in need of God’s saving mercy.
David knew that justice alone would not heal his relationship with God—it also took mercy, along with grace and love. It was David’s soul that needed healing, not his physical body. The answer to David’s prayer was already at work because God’s plan included sending a Savior to mankind whose sacrifice would blend justice and mercy and make possible forgiveness.
That wonderful plan is available to every individual who desires to come to God on God’s terms as revealed in scripture—that is, to all who will become obedient believers. And at the center of that plan is Jesus Christ who became The Great Healer—it is Jesus whom we serve and to whom we come for spiritual healing.