Luke 17:15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice;
Luke 17:16 and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan.
Don’t you hate to turn around after you have left your home to retrieve something that you have forgotten. I often pay the consequences of doing without, I just won’t turn back. I can imagine that feeling mixed with excitement when the ten men who had been lepers received their healing on the way to show themselves to the priest. They were so excited that turning around just wasn’t an option. At least that was true for nine of the ten, one of the healed lepers was stopped in his tracks. I imagine his head was spinning as he realized what had just happened. He had received more than a healing, he had been face to face with his Maker. He had no options, he had to turn around to give thanks and to just see Jesus again. Spurgeon preached a great sermon about this miracle, here is a short blurb.
“There is another blessing about thankfulness, it has clear views. The thankful eye sees far and deep. The man healed of leprosy, before he went on glorifying God, gave thanks to Jesus. If he had thanked Jesus and stopped there, I should have said that his eyes were not well open; but when he saw God in Christ, and therefore glorified God for what Christ had done, he showed a deep insight into spiritual truth. He had begun to discover the mysteries of the divine and human person of the blessed Lord. We learn much by prayer. Did not Luther say, ”To have prayed well is to have studied well”? I venture to add a rider to what Luther has so ably said: To have praised well is to have studied better. Praise is the great instructor. Prayer and praise are the oars by which a man may row his boat into the deep waters of the knowledge of Christ.”
Powerful! prayer and praise are the oars of our boat, I love it. Praising at His feet brings us into a deeper and more profound revelation of who He is. That in turn leads us deeper into praise. As we draw near to Thanksgiving Day, let’s take a lesson from the leper who turned back. Don’t hurry down the path, paddle out into the deeper waters in praise and worship. Thanksgiving has never tasted so good.