By awesome deeds, you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas. By your strength, you established the mountains; you are girded with might. You silence the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples. (Psalm 65:5-7)
Impeachment proceedings will be starting today. The Pentagon has just authorized the National Guard to be armed with lethal weapons in preparation for the rallies that are anticipated in the coming days. Yesterday we suffered our worst day ever for COVID-19 deaths. Daily we are learning more about just how violent last week’s raid on the Capitol was and just how much more deadly it could have been. The FBI is now engaged in a nationwide hunt for those who breached the Capitol, threatened our elected officials, and caused damage and the deaths of several people.
Given all of the above trauma, turmoil, and trouble, my heart was heavy when I sat down to pray this morning. I try to turn to scripture every day because the words I find there give me hope, truth, security, wisdom, and peace. I can’t say that I always receive a word from God every time I sit down with the scriptures or that the words sometimes don’t just bounce off of me, but more often than not, I do receive a message of encouragement.
The words in today’s scripture from Psalm 65 are ones that spoke directly to me about our current situation. I hope for this message to be true. I pray that God will keep their promise of them in our time. I believe God can do mighty work and that some of His mightiest work happens in the direst of circumstances. Think about how God saved the Hebrews from Pharaoh’s army. Think about how God turned back the Assyrian army from destroying Jerusalem. Think about all the times God sent the priest, the prophet, the judge, the king, the man or woman, who helped turn the tide from darkness to light, from despair to hope, from destruction to construction. Think about how God raised His Son from the dead just when it looked like Jesus’ whole mission to reconcile us to God was over, gone, and destroyed.
I wish I could tell you how God is going to fulfill the hope of today’s lesson. Some things are too hard for me, and some of the ways God works out His purposes will, undoubtedly, remain a mystery to us until we cross from this life to the next.
What I can say is that I am going to hold fast to the promise of today’s scripture. During this time of great turmoil, they give me hope. I pray that these words may also speak to you. I totally believe that God wants all of us to come together, kneel together, confess together, and listen to each other and to Him together.
Lord Jesus Christ, I pray that your will for us would prevail, that you would quiet our fears, still our minds, slow our reactions, calm our hearts, soften our words, silence our tumult, close our divisions, and heal our land.