(Reflections on God’s message: Peace over Fear, through Pastor Ariel, on my computer screen.)
David was afraid for his life, just as we are today with the Covid-19 pandemic. He put himself in quarantine to flee from his son, Absalom, who wanted to kill him so he could be king.
In Psalm 42, we hear David’s cry. Detached from God’s house of worship, he is fearful. He is depressed. He laments over all the troubles he has endured; he longs for God’s presence.
Doesn’t this parallel our fears while imprisoned at home, following guidelines on the lockdown? How can we achieve peace?
Like David, we are grumbling and growling. We are frustrated staying home. We grieve over the deaths of front liners. We are angry over the mistakes of authorities. We hate the cursing on social media. “Don’t go down the negative road,” our pastor stressed, “stop listening to yourself.”
While listening to our fearful selves, we give a space for the enemy to make us even more fearful: “Say goodbye to your business, your job, your finances, your loved ones, if not yourself.”
Because of David’s deep faith in God, he shifted his thoughts and started talking to himself (verse 5), “. . . Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!”
“Encourage yourself with God’s voice,” Pastor Ariel urged us. “Talk not in a political or medical way—talk to yourself in a Biblical way.”
We need to look back to those days when God upheld our Bible heroes (Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Paul, etc.) in ancient past. Let us remember those times when God did the same for us and our family: He never left us and He poured His generous grace upon us.
God is alive and is with us in our quarantine places . . . so together we prayed and sang this hymn:
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, My fears are gone.
Peace, not fear.
(Thank You, Lord, for all faith brethren who made the live streaming possible. Thank You for technology that enables us to worship You and listen to Your word wherever we are. Amen.)