During the past two years you may have felt that you were near the end of your rope. The pandemic seemed to drag on and on. Sadly it seems to be a common human experience to feel over-whelmed by the trails of life. For example Psalm 69 which was written by David, 1040-970 B.C. begins like this;
Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.
I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me.
I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim with waiting...
What are we to do? What the Psalmist recommends may sound impossible, perhaps even silly.
After expressing anger and helplessness regarding the injustice of his situation, the Psalmist says in verse 29, “But I am lowly and in pain; let your salvation, O God, protect me. I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.” Singing a song of thanksgiving to God in the midst of our tribulation may seem impossible, but it works! The song can focus our mind on the One from whom our help comes rather then on our problems. Thanks be to God.
Bible Reading: Psalm 69:1-3, 29-30; Matthew 6:31-34.