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Good morning St. George's,
As I write, I'm plotting my wife's birthday which is today. I'm so grateful to God that her gift arrived in the mail on time! I've got breakfast ready and her favorite dinner lined up. Little Eve is partnering with me to make this the best birthday given our circumstances. And that's where we all find ourselves. Doing what we can given what's going on in our country, our world, and in our hearts.
It's a tough time, no doubt about that. And then we learn about the senseless violence in Nova Scotia and our hearts break. And we join King David in asking: "How long O Lord? How long will these struggles and difficulties last? How long, Lord? Will you forget us forever? How long will you hide your face from us?"
Psalm 13 has found new meaning for me in this time. The author, King David, saw his fair share of trouble. Read this Psalm over, and bring it to God. I've found Nicky Gumble's reflections over this Psalm incredible helpful. He says:
David’s example suggests four things that you should continue to do during difficult times:
David continues to cry out to God, ‘Look on me and answer, O Lord my God. Give light to my eyes’ (v.3). He pours out his heart to God. Don’t give up praying even when God seems far away.
‘But I trust in your unfailing love’ (v.5a). ‘I’ve thrown myself headlong into your arms’ (v.5a, MSG). It is relatively easy to have faith when things are going well, but the test of faith is when things do not appear to be going well.
He does not rejoice in the trials, but in God’s salvation. He says, ‘my heart rejoices in your salvation’ (v.5b). ‘I’m celebrating your rescue’ (v.5b, MSG).
In spite of everything he has been through, David is able to see the goodness of God: ‘I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me’ (v.6). He remembers all that God has done for him.
As you begin to praise and worship God, it brings perspective to your problems. Sometimes, I find it helpful to look back on my life and thank the Lord for bringing me through so many of my own personal struggles, disappointments and bereavements, and to remember how, through it all, ‘he has been good to me’ (v.6)."
I appreciate his words at this time. I hope you do too. Now, Nicky would be the first to say that what he's shared isn't meant as a complete response to our hurt and struggles. That can only be found in Jesus. Go to him. Bring these encouragements to God in prayer. Spend time with God's word. And connect with the body of Christ, the church.
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