April 20 In Times Like These


Joshua 21:1-22:20;  Luke 20:1-26;  Psalm 89:1-13;  Proverbs 13:15-16

The events of this week in our nation may not leave us in the mood for singing.  However, He bids us to come to Him. “Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again:  Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:4-7

 With the Psalmist we can bear witness to the One who holds the world in His Hands:

“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.

I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

You said, ‘I have made a covenant with my chosen one,

I have sworn to David my servant, ‘I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm through all generations.'” Psalm 89:1-4

The Psalmist was talking about Jesus–and we know that He sits on His throne. We know that one day we will be surrounding Him in Heaven joining in praise.

“The heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.

For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?

Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings?”  Psalm 89:5-6

 In times like these when brokenness and sorrow abounds because we live in a broken, sinful world, we need a firm reminder of the One who loved us so much He sent His only Son to die for us:

“In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;

he is more awesome than all who surround him.

O Lord God Almighty, who is like you?  You are mighty, O Lord, and your faithfulness surrounds you.”  Psalm 89:7-8

Lord God, your faithfulness surrounds you–let it surround us as we place our trust in you.  When tragedy strikes let us be surrounded with the firm assurance that You are with us and that You will protect our hearts and minds from fear and hopelessness.  Please be with all those affected in Boston and in West, Texas by the tragic events of this week.  Give them your peace which passes all understanding that they may find rest in you.  Bring healing and hope.  For Jesus’ name sake,  Amen.


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