Psa. 67:1-2 ¶ God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us, that thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.
I recently noticed this phrase, saving health, for the first time. I checked out the root word for that phrase and to my amazement it was the word yeshua. It is the hebrew word for salvation, it is also the hebrew word for the name above all names, the name of Jesus. This is the name the angel told Joseph to name Mary’s son, “call His name Jesus for He will save His people from their sins”. This name describes the life and ministry of our Lord, He is the Savior and He restores, heals, and makes whole everything He touches. Adam Clarke describes the effect He has upon our lives.
“Thy saving health, “thy salvation.” The great work which is performed in God’s way, in destroying the power, pardoning the guilt, cleansing from the infection, of all sin; and filling the soul with holiness, with the mind that was in Christ. Let all nations-the whole Gentile world, know that way, and this salvation!”
Clarke describes how Christ not only forgives, but liberates us from what he calls the infection of sin. All of us who have met Him have found the freedom that comes from deliverance from sin. Gill also expounds on the power of this name, he also includes the healing nature of that name.
“thy saving health among all nations; or “thy salvation”; or “thy Jesus”; whose name signifies a Savior; and who is the only one, and an able and willing one, and is God’s salvation, of his appointing, promising, and sending; salvation is by him, and by him only; he came to obtain it, and he is the author of it; health is also by him, he is the physician of souls, and his blood the balm that cures every disease; so that he is the Savior, salvation, and saving health, to his people; this was unknown to the nations of the world until the Gospel came among them, until the grace of God bringing this salvation appeared unto them, and shone upon them,”
When you look at the life of Christ in the gospels, every page is filled with the healing nature of Christ. He cleansed the lepers from their foul condition, He opened the eyes of those who had been blind for their entire lives, He caused the cripples to dance for joy. Those who were maimed, missing limbs, actually saw creative miracles as legs and arms grew where they had been missing. Everywhere Jesus went His “saving health” was seen. Has God changed today? Is He unable or unwilling to heal the sick today? Absolutely not. Our God is changeless. He is all powerful and His mercy endures forever. So I have to say with David, “God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us, that thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.”