The One I Praise

From Pastor’s Desk: 7-28-15

Jeremiah 17:14 Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.


I am certainly not a grammatical expert, but allow me to offer the following conjecture.

In my opinion, the last phrase of this verse, beginning with “for” qualifies the first two. That little word “for,” by definition, is:
> used as a function word to indicate purpose
> …as being or constituting
> …because of

Praise, then, is the reason, or because we praise the LORD, establishes the reason why we are healed, why we are saved.

No one that I know of can heal and/or save unless they are in close proximity to and involved with the one they are healing and/or saving. It stands to reason that it necessitates a “Hands on” approach.

Scripture declares that the LORD inhabits the praises of His people (Ps 22:3). “Inhabit” (inhabitest: KJV) comes from the Hebrew word יָשַׁב yâshab (yaw-shab’), wich is: to sit down (specifically as judge, in ambush, in quiet); by implication to dwell, to remain; causatively to settle, to marry…

Should you do a “word search” you will find it staggering the many English words derived from that one Hebrew word. But one thing for sure, the significance of the word lends to the fact that God is always in close proximity to those who praise Him.

It is God’s presence that evokes healing and saving. Those will not, or cannot, happen, outside His presence. The opposite of that, of course, is that in His presence all of His benefits, including healing and saving, are extended to His children.

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