Pondering for Monday, May 11, 2020

Daily Office Readings for Monday after the 5th Sunday of Easter: Year 2

Psalm 56, 57, [58]: Psalm 64, 65; Lev. 16:1-19; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Matt. 6:1-6,16-18

“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge.  I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” (Psalm 57:1)

The Psalmist speaks of trust in God.  God is love. God is the only sure trust we can count on. All over the earth we have been hiding from the Coronavirus.  But it has still taken its toll.  Many have died as a result of this pandemic.

At some point in our lives we must admit that we are God’s own.  We belong to God. God will do what God will do.  We go to God for protection and wellbeing. We are seeing that we can’t always trust politicians (either side of the isle) or the military or any human construct when it comes to the unimaginable challenges that we face. It is only God’s mercy that can we trust completely. 

And when we come out on the other side of this (here or in heaven) we must give thanks in praise to God in word and song.  In this same Psalm we read, “My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast;  I will sing and make music. Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.” (Psalm 57:7 – 8)  We must learn to put as much effort in giving thanks to God after God has helped as we put in the asking God for help in the beginning.

So we must always trust in God and then praise God always. We are now trying to come out of our tight isolations all over the planet.  Stores are opening back up.  We are looking to see what our new normal will be like. But God is the same yesterday, today and forever.   God is here in this world and in the heavenly world after death.  Therefore, it is God in whom we must take refuge in the shadow of God’s wings until the disaster has passed, or we have passed it.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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