1 I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
You have heard it said that the Bible is a dynamic book. Dynamic is the opposite of static. Something static is unmoving, unfertilized, inactive, stationary, unable to help itself much less anyone else. A broken-down car on the side of the road is static. But the Bible is dynamic, it is alive, it moves in us, it applies to every day of our varied lives. The Bible is life-giving to everyone who picks it up, opens its’ pages and lets it speak to them. The Bible is the very breath of God breathed into our gasping souls. It is like CPR to a patient who needs to be resuscitated.
If you read Psalm 34:1-7 in December it would have meant something to you then and encouraged your heart in whatever difficulty you were facing. But as you read this passage today, after Covid-19, after world-wide infections, after cities and countries faced huge death tolls and infections, after government failures around the world, after the terrible riots and loss of life and livelihood in the US, this living word breathes the vital life of God into us.
Let’s face it, our fears are different now then they were six months ago. Our fears have a totally different face and depth to them. We have been the poor man or the poor woman who cried out hoping the Lord would hear us and save us from all our troubles. And even our troubles have taken shapes we could not have imagined six months ago. Some of you have gone for two to three months without a paycheck. Some of you have suffered at the hands of the Covid virus. Some of you have lost loved ones and friends whom you would not normally have lost. We have all faced a level of isolation that we don’t like. Our fears are quite different, and our cries to the Lord have been extremely specific.
In today’s passage we find hope; the angel of the Lord encamps around those of us who fear the Lord. We can look back and see the deliverance of the hand of God. We know that our fears can be lifted by our faith and that our faith in a Sovereign God allays our fears. So yes, bless the Lord, praise Him continually, make your boast in Him and be glad. Magnify the Lord with me today and let us all exalt His name together.
Tomorrow, the malls here are going to open. The lights were on last night as they were preparing to have customers for the first time in two months. Before long now, the church should open up as well. I can’t wait. Let’s pray that we, as a society, are ready to deal with Covid as a new virus on the block. It is going to still be here. Let’s pray for God’s protection, be careful, and look for ways to care for those around us who are still hurting, confused, or wondering what God is doing.
Be in prayer for our Sunday service online. May God continue to use His word even though we are not gathering.
Have a great day in the Lord,