Memory Verse: Psalm 69:21 They put poison in my food; in my thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink.
Introduction: Obey Your Thirst (Sprite) In this Psalm, terrible things are plaguing David. He’s seeking the Lord, as he has that sinking feeling, that desperate thing of alienation and abandonment… and they try to poison him and give him vinegar - GROSS! How Vile! Sometimes when we’re sick, we have that sinking desperate feeling, we call out to God, we call out for healing.
Assignment: Tell us the most vile “remedy” you’ve ever had to consume in order to be rid of that “plague”. Was it something prescribed by a Medical Doctor? or was it an herbal remedy? We all know that Buckley’s commercial, it tastes awful, but it works. Would you take this remedy again? Did it work? Can you get your children to take it?
I have a funny story for this one. It is about my husband's family. One time the 4 of them (mom,dad, his sister and him) were all sick with the flu or bad cold. Jay's mom had been trying home remedies and heard about carrot juice with garlic. So she juiced fresh carrots and garlic and called the kids into the kitchen to drink some. They could smell it and were not that willing. Their mom made them take a drink and after one sip each they were spitting and gagging and yelling it was awful. This racket got their dad's attention and he came into the kitchen to see what was going on. He told the kids to obey their mom and drink it. They told him to drink it first and he said fine. He took a big gulp and then proceeded to spit it all back into the kitchen sink!! He asked Joy- "Are you trying to kill us all?" Well my dear mother in law was going to show them. She proceeded to drink all four glasses in spite of them. Now because of the garlic no one wanted to be around her for a couple of days but she was completely better the next morning while the rest of them were sick the rest of the week.
Here is the kicker of the story. The recipe called for one clove of garlic per glass. She had accidently put a whole bulb of garlic per glass!!