The first casualties of upheaval can be love, kindness, and patience. But crisis is also a moment when love for God & one another can spring up. For 150 days, starting on 17th March 2020, I will write 300 words based on one of the 150 psalms in the bible. How can I find and give love in the midst of coronavirus?
The sound of chanting and gongs. The smell of incense. The bustle of 1000s of people looking for enlightenment and healing. Twice a year I spent a few days in the midst of this at huge ‘New Age’ fairs in central London. A handful of Christians from different churches in the capital teamed up to offer people the good news of Jesus from our little stand in the midst of the meditation, Reiki healing, mystic dancing, crystals, and auras.
The name for our little stand in the exhibition hall was “Fountain of Life”. It soundly suitably mystical – but was simply words from Psalm 36. Let’s read a bit:
5 Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. 7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. 8 They feast in the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. 9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
People are longing for life & for light. In the midst of our turmoil, pain, sickness, sadness – we will look to almost anything that can offer to help us. This explained the huge crowds at these festivals, going from stall to stall, spending lots of money – hoping for the answer, hoping for some light & life.
Psalm 36 says loud and clear that there is one place to find it more than any other. David (the writer of the psalm) uses the 4 biggest things he knows to describe aspects of God – love like the heavens, faithfulness like the skies, righteousness like the mountains & justice like the sea. Then he says that God’s love is priceless!
Therefore – get under His wings, feast in His house, drink from His river. This is the only place to find life and light. In our loneliness, uncertainty, discomfort, sadness, pain – there is one place to go, one place to live. Nothing else will do. Get to Him, hold onto Him – ask for His life and light.
9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
May God bless you today. Much love, Matt