The Pastor’s Brief

 

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” Psalm 18:2

             

Every day brings a new twist to this present crisis. Uncertainty breeds an atmosphere of anxiety. Not everyone expresses anxiety the same. Some are not able to express it because their role in life requires them to keep it together, but the anxiety is there, just buried a little deeper. Even “spiritual people” wrestle with it. David expressed it this way, “The ropes of death entangled me; floods of destruction swept over me. The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death laid a trap in my path.” (Ps. 18:4-5) It is not wrong to acknowledge feelings of anxiety. They come at you from the environment around us.

In a particularly low point in David’s life, when he had lost everything dear to him and even the men who had made him their commander were threatening to kill him, we find these powerful words. “But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” (I Samuel 30:6) That’s it! That is what each one of us must do. How do we do that? By speaking God’s truth to ourselves. “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” The reality of those words is bigger than any enemy that we face! Speak them to yourself slowly. Listen to each word and let those words “inform” your life. They are the truth, larger than mood around us and bigger than the virus that threatens us! When you settle that, God’s peace will fill your soul. Be strong in the Lord and have a great day.

Pastor Steve