* preaching notes from my message at The River Christian Church, Sunday 26th April
God is my healer. I have seen Him time and time do dramatic WOW unexplainable radical things in my life and body. This morning I’m going to weave my story into what I share about how God is our healer. He is Yahweh Rapha – God our Healer.
I don’t know about you, but this week as I’ve read my Bible, I’ve had a whole new perspective of the name and heart of God. Every time I read LORD GOD in all caps, or Jehovah God, or Yahweh God, it has touched my heart in a new way. This is His personal name, His personal revelation of His heart towards us. This is His personal promise, not out of duty as God or I must cos I’m God, but out of His love and grace towards us. How awesome is that.
As we discover the different revelations of God’s name, the different expressions of His character and heart, our hope is that you will be inspired to a new level of love and awe at our incredible God who is all powerful, all creative, all wise, all loving, all amazing and that as you live that out in your real life that these are the truths that you hold onto.
We have to be confident in the character of God. He is deliberately mysterious. God is outside the box, His ways are higher, His thoughts are above any spectrum our thoughts are on. I believe He also calls us deeper, to seek out those depths of who He is, to stretch out beyond what we know today into more revelation and truth. God is inviting us into more.
Jeremiah 29:11-13For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will SEEK me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
God invites us to seek Him and promises those who seek, will find.
We are just like the Israelites, on a journey.
If you could turn to, or turn on, Exodus 15:22-26 – which is where we find the Israelites and were we find God reveal, for the first time, His name, Yahweh Rapha.
Yahweh Rapha means God is our healer. He is our great physician. He is the one who heals our diseases and our brokenness. He repairs our lives and restores and keeps us in health.
Psalm 103 says:
Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The revelation of this name of God, this defining name worthy characteristic, reveals that God’s heart to us is to heal us and restore us. It is God’s personal promise, woven into His name, to care for us and to demonstrate His great power over all of creation to keep us in health. It comes from His heart and is His heart for you and I today.