But as for me, afflicted and in pain – may your salvation, God, Protect me. I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgivingPsalm 69:28-20 [NIV]
We are all beginning to get back to some level of ‘normality’, but the truth is, it’s so far from the old normal we all remember. A society that was already so distant, became even more distant than before. Where we used to think phones were a problem or distraction for society in it’s ability to be present, personal, and relational, we now have masks covering our faces, social distancing, and groups no bigger than 6. This is changing most, if not all aspects of our lives: our education, our socialising, and our churches, many of which are still not open. This is affecting me more that I realise and would like to admit, and I’m sure for many of you this may also be true.
I want to remind us together, because I need to hear this just as much as anyone, that it is OK to feel down, alone and doubtful of what the future holds. The Bible itself says in John 16:33 [NIV] “In this world you will have trouble.” So clearly, it’s not wrong to admit we are struggling. Instead it is a brave and holy thing. As Christians we can live in this truth filled reminder that is in the same verse, “take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Ultimately, we can know that this pain is only temporary, it is not eternal. We can live in hope, and the truth of scripture. These verses from Psalms have really comforted me so I wanted to share them with you:
Psalms 73:21-26 [NIV]
When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalms 69:28-30 [NIV]
Let’s say today, even though it may be hard, “But as for me, afflicted and in pain— may your salvation, God, protect me. I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.
Have a blessed day!