I wanted to share some verses of one of my favourite Psalms with you. The beginning and end of Psalm 4;
Answer me when I call to you,
my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer. (verse 1)
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety. (verse 8)
Would you join me in praying verse 1 over our world? Exchanging “I” for “we” and “me/my” for “us/our”?
I am guessing that Today looks a bit different from your usual week. And it is totally understandable to feel a little concerned or saddened about the current situation. At times I lament to God when I feel those things. After all, David did just that (Psalm 18:6.) If you need to do that, take time to do that today, and please reach out to a member of the Trinity staff team or friend for prayer.
However, we do not mourn as those who are without Hope! (1 Thes 4:13-18) Our God, our Great Big God, provides us hope and comfort, in his Word and also in his people.
I have been blown away by the acts of kindness I have heard about, in response to this crisis. My heart was warmed to hear that at Trinity there is a group of people willing to go get supplies and groceries for people who are self-isolating. I have also heard of people checking up on people via email, call and video chat. I am humbled by you all, and believe that every little act of kindness, like these, is making a huge difference in helping our community feel less isolated. Please, please keep it up!
The reason I have put Psalm 4:8 up there, is because I find this verse highly encouraging. Ever since I can remember I have had nights where I could not switch my brain off when I got into bed. As a child my imagination ran wild, way into the wee small hours. Every now and then that happens to me still (I’m still really just a bigger kid,) and some nights I lay awake worrying about situations or people I care about. About a year ago I discovered a Christian app called ‘abide.’ It’s an app for meditation, prayer and bedtime. I use it when I can’t sleep, and my go-to bedtime story is Psalm 4.
“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
This line gets repeated and it helps me drift off in the assurance that God is always with me. If you find yourself anxious during these times, I would recommend saying Psalm 4:8 before you go to sleep. It is not a cure for the virus, but I hope it will bring you some comfort.
I wanted to share a couple of songs with you, the first one is a Children’s song but it’s a great reassurance that God is in control and has a plan. And similarly the second song has the same message too. I hope they bless and comfort you this day. And I pray the love of God would continue to surround, encourage and bless us all.
You are loved!
Our God is a great big God