Desperate Times

"You have rejected us, O God, and burst forth upon us;

You have been angry- now restore us!

You have shaken the land and it open;

mend its fractures, for it is quaking.

You have shown your people desperate times;

you have given us wine that makes us stagger."

--Psalm 60:1-3

This was written 3000 years ago, but it sounds like I just wrote it this morning, doesn't it? There are times where it feels as though God has rejected us and shaken the land. Sometimes it is a personal tragedy, but as we are experiencing now, it is a worldwide catastrophe.

As I talk with people, they share with me their "desperate times." They wonder how much longer? It seems the "fractures" will never be mended. In fact, it seems like it keeps getting worse with new fractures opening daily.

David's cry must be our own: "Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered." (Psalm 60:5) Instead of worrying- pray. Instead of listening to the voices of doom and gloom- listen for God's still, small voice. Instead of grumping about what's happening- rejoice in the blessings that have come.

I say this as much to myself as anyone reading this right now, just like David wrote this Psalm for himself as much as those reading it in 2020. We all need that reminder that:

"With God we will gain the victory,

and he will trample down our enemies."

--(Psalm 60:12)


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