Apr 16, 2020
I am encouraged by the heart of Psalm 144 today, an honest cry to God, a real prayer, a genuine plea.
Part your heavens, O Lord, and come down;
touch the mountains, so that they smoke.
6 Send forth lightning and scatter [the enemies];
shoot your arrows and rout them.
7 Reach down your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me
from the mighty waters, from the hands of foreigners……
That sounds like an appropriate authentic prayer for today. “God, part the heavens and touch the mountains of this pandemic so they go up in smoke, send forth lightning and scatter this virus. Deliver us, rescue us from this foreign agent, this COVID-19."
Notice the shift in the Psalm toward a future hope of deliverance and what WILL happen…….
9 I will sing a new song to you, O God.
I think new songs are emerging out of this time as we anticipate the hope to come.
The songs we sing today are yesterday’s notes not arranged yet, and tomorrows songs are the notes we are gathering up today, even in the midst of hard times, because we know we will sing with hope.
I like what John Stumbo said, thinking about a time when he was so sick that he couldn’t sing, he had no voice. But as he expressed it so well, “It is better to have a reason to sing even when we can’t sing. We have reason to sing!” And we have reason to write new songs today that are going to be sung tomorrow.
You may not feel like singing. May I encourage you to gather some notes? Think deeply about your questions, express your doubts, wrestle through your fears. Write some things down in a journal that might become songs and reflections of tomorrow. Or, if you are able, latch on to a new song today and sing it with hope.
Phil & Kay Koski says (Apr 17, 2020):
We thank you God for providing great pastoral leaders at East Hills and the Grove who continue to touch our lives in these difficult times . Also, for sharing meaningful Bible passages for us to read and contemplate. Blessings to all our church families and our church leaders. God be with you all, Phil & Kay