Notes to the Lord:Praise That Can Not Be Contained
Scripture Reflections: Matthew 15
29Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down.30Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.
Lord Jesus--The sea in the background and the mountainside rising behind you, there might have been a slight breeze in the air that day as the people came to you. You sat down and the people came. They were drawn by the reality of the power and miracles that were done at your touch and at your command.
They brought their loved ones to you, those who might have been kept at home in the background up to this point. After all they were not perfect and there was the implication that physical limitation was the judgment of God. Blind people saw for the first time with the lake and the mountain surrounding them. They felt the sea breeze as it played on the lake. The lame walked for the first time on the side of the mountain. I wonder if they wandered with free feet along the sea shore wading in the water...running along the beach.
Lord Jesus--You still care just as much for the people that surround me, and there are just as many people who keep in the background because of less than perfect lives, some with hurts and limitations in body and mind. Your willingness to heal has not changed, nor has you ability to touch lives.
31The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.
The reaction of the people was to praise the God of Israel...to praise the Father. It must have been music to your ears to hear the people...ordinary people changed by grace not being able to contain their praise. People who had not had the use of language, using their new found abilities to praise the God who was moving with power in their bodies. It was worship and water and praise rising up to the halls of heaven.