A Prayer in Sickness

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Psalm 41

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A Prayer in Sickness

When you are sick, everything seems gloomy. Your sins rise up against you, and it’s easy to feel as if you’ll never be well again and God has forgotten you. Praying with David, you can remind yourself this is not true—it’s just the imagination of a fevered body. God is with you and will heal you—at least your soul, if not your body—and ultimately, you will live with Him in heaven, forever. Note that the psalm begins by speaking of those who are kind to others when they are afflicted. Why do you think that matters?

Day 167

Healer, heal my heart. Heal me when I am ill, and help me, also to be kind to those who are ill.

Today's Study Verses

Psalm 41:3

Psalm 41


41 Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.

The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.

The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.

I said, Lord, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.

Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish?

And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it.

All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.

An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.

Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.

10 But thou, O Lord, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.

11 By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.

12 And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.

13 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.