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?
Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. 2 Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint; heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. 3 My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long? 4 Turn, Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. (Psalm 6)
Bob Morris, our much-missed youth & children’s pastor at CBC had a number of phrases that he often used. The one that I come back to most regularly is D.I.N. – Do It Now. Don’t put something off until later that you can do now. But – and it’s a big but – there are so many things that are out of our control, we can’t do them now, and we have to wait – sometimes the wait if painful. Often the problem is not that we wait – it’s that we don’t know how long we will have to wait.
King David, the writer of Psalm 6, is in pain and anguish. He wants it to stop, he feels that God is disciplining him. He cries out on prayer “Lord, how long?”. Does he get an answer to this question? I doubt it. We rarely do. We have to wait until the answer comes, or the situation changes.
Right now, whether we are crying out because of the effects of the coronavirus, or because of something else in our lives or world – we are waiting, and asking “How long?!”. I can’t answer that question – but I can let you know of one thing because Psalm 6 reminds us that God’s love for us is UNFAILING. Hold on to this in the painful waiting. It can be your anchor, your protection and your confidence.
God bless and much love, Matt