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?
Salzburg, Austria. Sacher torte. The Sound of Music. When I think of a city that made me say “wow”, sticks in my mind and I want to return to – it’s Salzburg.
Psalm 48 is not an easy one to access – because it’s mostly about a city. About Jerusalem. The guy that wrote it seems to have walked around it and said “wow” – and then gone and written this song. Let’s read a bit:
1 Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain. 2 Beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth, like the heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion, the city of the Great King. 3 God is in her citadels; he has shown himself to be her fortress.
Jerusalem, and the hill on which it stands – Mount Zion – are described in terms of the wow! Beautiful. Lofty. But above all, they represent the place where God dwells. This city stands for who God is, and it speaks to the world.
But what do I do with this Psalm. Should I be looking at pictures of Jerusalem now and getting inspired? Hear the last few verse of the Psalm:
9 Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love.
12 Walk about Zion, go round her, count her towers, 13 consider well her ramparts, view her citadels, that you may tell of them to the next generation. 14 For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.
Jesus looked at the temple in Jerusalem and said “Destroy this temple, and I will rebuild it in three days” (John 2:19). But he wasn’t really talking about the actual temple (which was destroyed 36 years later) but about His body, which would die and be raised.
By all means, look at images of Jerusalem and pray for that city. But now the thing that we are called to say “wow” about is Jesus and His body. This inspires us, this is where God dwells – and it is Him that speaks to the world.
Today you and I need to hear this message: 14 For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.
God is God for ever. Remember that. And He will guide us to the end – if only we will listen to Him.
May you be blessed today. Much love, Matt