“In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness. Bow down Your ear to me, Deliver me speedily; Be my rock of refuge, A fortress of defense to save me. For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name’s sake, Lead me and guide me. Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my strength. Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. I have hated those who regard useless idols; But I trust in the Lord. I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, For You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities, And have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a wide place.”
Psalms 31:1-8 NKJV
You have always been faithful
A kind of darkness is covering the land, as yet another virus variant evolves to further threaten life and freedom, as we know it. It is not the virulence of the virus that is of concern, but the infection of the hearts and minds of the people. Already, there is talk of shut downs in various places, and a further erosion of civil liberties. The media is doing all that it can to drum up fear.
Those who are given to that fear, whether it be of the virus or the overreach of the government, are becoming consumed with what is going on, and not focused on things that are more needful, such as the disposition of the human soul. Those who call upon the name to the Lord, are in a season of temptation, as fear can draw them away from God.
Oh, my Lord is faithful!
I went to bed last night, having had a troubling day filled with prayer, as report after report came in, of people becoming infected. Yesterday, one million people were officially diagnosed with “C”, with untold numbers of others who have not been tested due to lack of supply. I prayed most for a dear friend who sat at a hospital waiting room for hours, very sick before he was finally seen.
Awakening this morning, he was the first thing on my mind, and I rejoiced as there was no new news. I went about my morning routine, dropped here in my chair and started spending time with God. Then there was Psalm 31.
The author of the Psalm, possibly David, was under great duress as he faced great adversity and opposition. In the midst of the trouble, he called upon the Lord with urgency, but also with a sense of confidence.
The world is now in opposition with a virus that does not seem to want to die, and is mutating with supernatural power, as if probing for weaknesses in the human soul. We are weary.
The virus has shredded the common bonds in society, as people are in opposition over a multitude of things, and there is seemingly no peace on earth. It is all so disturbing, and enervating.
But God is always faithful.
Brothers and sisters, we are a people who have been adopted into the kingdom of God, and destined for great things. As we go through this time of testing, let us be sure to take the lead, crying out to God for His help, and doing so with confidence. Those who have not the Lord, are looking for answers, even though they do not know where to look.
Our world is in a great trial, seemingly never ending. As I write this, I think of the four lepers in II Kings chapter 7, who happened on the camp of the Syrians in the dead of night. The city of Jerusalem was under siege, and the people inside were starving. The lepers found great bounty in the empty camp.
“Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent. If we wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore, come, let us go and tell the king’s household.” So they went and called to the gatekeepers of the city, and told them, saying, “We went to the Syrian camp, and surprisingly no one was there, not a human sound—only horses and donkeys tied, and the tents intact.” And the gatekeepers called out, and they told it to the king’s household inside.”
II Kings 7:9-11 NKJV
The lepers could have become lost on their own problems, but they thought of others. They approached the society that had rejected them, bring news of food and provision.
In these days, the world is in opposition to the followers of Jesus, but we, like the lepers have Good News. Let us be faithful to go and tell. We bring the message of deliverance, from the enemy that is sin, death, and fear. Let us be faithful to share regardless of the cost.
The author of Psalm 31, had no doubt that his God would deliver him, and we should have that same confidence. Each of us has a testimony of the faithfulness of God in our lives. He has given each of us a story.
God has placed us in the same situation as the rest of humanity, but we have the advantage of a loving God who is carrying us through the storm should we choose to abide. Let us go and tell of His goodness.
“Oh, how great is Your goodness, Which You have laid up for those who fear You, Which You have prepared for those who trust in You In the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence From the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion From the strife of tongues. Blessed be the Lord, For He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a strong city! For I said in my haste, “I am cut off from before Your eyes”; Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications When I cried out to You. Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints! For the Lord preserves the faithful, And fully repays the proud person. Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord.”
Psalms 31:19-24 NKJV
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