Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. (Psalm 62:8)
These three phrases from the middle of Psalm 62 are extremely applicable to our lives at the end of March 2020. If ever we needed to hear these words, it is now. It’s easy to trust in Him when things are going well, but a very different story when things are going a little haywire. And, right now, things are going very haywire.
In my life, there is genuine concern that my company will survive 2-3 months of being closed. We’ve already had 2 weeks with almost no income and can expect at least 4 more, if not more than that. Some of you are concerned that, even if your company does survive, you will not have a job to go back to. Teresa and Didi are homeless, well sort-of, as, just as this whole Coronavirus situation was coming to our land, their oil tank exploded all over their basement, forcing them to move out until it is resolved. Jim’s entire livelihood is based on taking people into other’s homes, which is hard to do with a social distancing requirement in place. Half of our church is, by virtue of their age or medical condition, uniquely susceptible to this virus. And, we haven’t had church for 3 weeks already, with, most likely, at least 4 more weeks to go.
To quote the famous author Thomas Paine, “These are the times that try men’s souls”. The Psalmist understood times such as these. And to people like us, going through these times, he would say, “Trust in the Lord”. At all times.
We can trust in the Lord because He is trustworthy. He has proven Himself over and over. He has shown that He is faithful and that He loves us. So, during this time of uncertainty, trust in the Lord.
We can also cry out to God. I love the way the Psalmist puts it – “Pour out your heart before Him.” This is the cry of someone who is in anguish because of the uncertainty of their situation. We have NO idea what is going to happen over the next few months. We can plan and strategize and make the best moves possible, but we have no clue what is going to happen next. Of course, we never have a clue, do we? But, God does. God knows it all because He planned it all. And he tells us to pour out our hearts to Him. As Peter put it – “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” We are called to pray because God cares for us. He loves us and is always for us, even when it seems everything else is against us. The is why the Psalmist is able to end with the phrase, “God is a refuge for us.”
I would encourage each of you to place your trust in Christ. No matter what happens, He will always be our refuge. And cry out to him in prayer, not just for yourself, but for others as well. Be in prayer for Teresa and Didi as they are separated not only from their families, but also from the comfort of their own home. Be in prayer for Joanna Reid, who is stuck in Africa for at least another 2 months. Be in prayer for Anna Queen, who already has a compromised immune system. Be in prayer for our church, that we would figure out a way to minister to each other and to our community even in the midst of a social distancing order. Be in prayer for other churches in the area who are also seeking to minister the gospel during this time. Most of all, be in prayer that God is glorified in how we respond to this situation.
I love you all and long to see you soon.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.