Not just place for worship, churches also center for healing
By Clay Perkins
Saturday, June 15, 2019
”… Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning … you turned my wailing into dancing … that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever. — Psalm 30:5b, 11a, 12 (The Bible, New International Version)
What do you do when sickness comes? Sickness brings sorrow. Physical debilitation sinks the spirit. You become angry. Your anger becomes depression. The chaos of dependence upon others and mounting financial strain adds to despair. Guilt joins these feelings because you need others to do the simplest routines you now cannot do yourself.
David was in the midst of this type of sickness when Psalm 30 was written. Most ministers chuckle when they realize that David first used these words to dedicate the temple. You see, most preachers feel that church-building programs will be the death of them. But why talk about sickness and healing from God at a building dedication? Could it be that this is the purpose of these buildings?
When healing comes, there is a new beginning. Strength returns. We are free to move again. We live again. We cannot help but to thank God for recovery and life. David lifts up God because God has lifted him up. In this case, God literally pulled David up from the grave. He was near death, and then God rescued him.
We have a God who is able to give life to those who are dead, both physically and spiritually. As you ponder Psalm 30, please note David exalted the Lord, not the fact that he was healed, but in the reality that God is faithful. He cried for healing. God granted. Do you need to cry to God for help? Do you need to cry to God for forgiveness?
Please allow a “commercial break” here: As you are asking God for healing, always seek the best medical care you can. Follow medical advice.
This song asks everyone to join in on the praise (James 5:13). The focus is on God’s holy name, not on the healing, but on who God is. Sorrow and pain can last all night. But joy and relief come with the new day! We have a marvelous God, so we shout our thanks.
When we have been healed, we find that there is an inability to be silent. We have to speak. We have to dance. We have to tell others of the great things that God has done.
I have family members who are not supposed to be alive today. I have family members who are not supposed to be able to walk. I know people who have been healed by prayers. They know and say, “I called on the Lord for help and you healed me!”
How about you? Do you need healing? Call on the name of the Lord. How about you? Do you need spiritual healing? Call on the name of the Lord.
Back to the beginning and the subject of the church building. We are to use these buildings for a place of healing, a center for those in need, a rescue center, and a hospital for the sick. Then we can forever dance in celebration of God’s greatness, telling others just how great He is to provide healing for today and tomorrow and forever.
Clay Perkins is an adjunct professor at Mid-Atlantic Christian University. The opinions in this column may not be those of the university.