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?
A can of Special Brew, “skins” tattooed on his forehead, and an axe. Not a great combination under the circumstances. He wasn’t happy and was threatening me. If I didn’t leave he would use the axe. I smiled and walked away as quickly as I could without actually running. Every step I prayed. Really prayed. It was one of the rare moments in my life when I have been really scared – and so I prayed.
King David (for it is he) had been “seized” by his enemies (1Samuel 21) and was frightened and fearing for his life and future. And so he writes this psalm:
1 Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit; all day long they press their attack. 2 My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me. When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.4 In God, whose word I praise – in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
David is under attack, and frightened. But, and it’s a big but – it’s what he does next that is so good. He makes a choice that when he is afraid to put his trust in God and to remind himself “what can mere mortals do to me?”.
We need this. Gosh we need this. A choice to firstly trust God, and secondly to remember that whatever is happening around us is mortal – it doesn’t last forever – God will outlast whatever is bringing you fear.
He also reminds himself that God sees all of his tears. He sees all of yours too:
8 Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll – are they not in your record?
God sees your fears. And he sees your tears. Choose to hold on and keep your promises to God. He will deliver you. He will deliver us. Hear the final verses of the psalm.
12 I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank-offerings to you. 13 For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
And the guy with the axe? I went back the following day, we became friends, eat some food and I prayed for him.
May God hold you today. Love Matt