In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from his temple. And my cry came before him, even to his ears.
Psalms 18: 6
I saw the surgeon yesterday for my shoulder. He examined my shoulder, looked at the MRI, looked at the x-ray, and asked me lots of questions. He concluded that, yes my shoulder is frozen, yes the tendons have inflammation, the rotator cuff has large deposits of calcium, and yes, I am in pain. I agreed with him on all accounts.
He suggested that I agree to a cortisone injection to try to unfreeze my shoulder and ease the pain, and go back to physical therapy 3 times a week for 6 weeks. Then, at that point, depending on my progress, have surgery to remove all the calcium from the rotator cuff which is responsible for the pain.
It all made perfect sense, but when he mentioned the cortisone injection I began to feel afraid. I did not want a shot! It didn't feel like an option to me, and I wanted to skip that part. At first, it was hard for me to voice my fear, but then I remembered the promise of Jesus promising to be strong and mighty in battle when I praise him!
So, I started to praise him.
As I began to repeat the name of Jesus in my mind and call upon him, the fear dissipated. I was calm.
The doctor gave me the injection, and it did not hurt.
Jesus destroyed my enemy, which was fear.
But then, later, as I was driving, my shoulder and my arm began to throb, and throb, and throb. It was horrible.
And I began to feel angry.
....and my cry came before Him, even to His ears
and the earth shook and trembled...
Smoke went up from His nostrils...
He bowed the heavens also and came down with darkness under His feet....
He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe...
He delivered me from my strong enemy.
He also brought me out into a broad place: He delivered me because He delighted in me.
Psalms 18: 6-19
God loves me, and you, so much that he will come down here and shoot His arrows at the enemy when you call to Him! And the enemy will scatter.
He shot my anger; it was not helping me, it was my enemy. He delivered me and brought me into a broad place.
He did this for me because He delights in me.
Do you know that God delights in you?
Say That Again, God delights in you and in me!