Well, the news hasn’t improved overnight. Yesterday we thought a little about Psalm 27:1-3. It was a wee bit long winded so I hope this will be shorter but helpful just the same. Consider this, there is always a fine line between faith and fear, and sometimes we cross the line and slip into a fearful frame of mind. These days maybe find ourselves doing that in those pensive moments, “should I do this, ought I to go there, will my family be OK?” so many questions and so much worry.
Well, having stirred up faith David states his hope in verse 4 “To dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life”. What does he mean? It boils down to this I think, he wants to dwell continually in the Lord’s presence, to bask in the beauty of the Lord’s character as he worships. Because he finds security and peace there he is lifted from his troubles and the ground firms beneath him. The result is a new song in his mouth, his tune changes from dread to joy and praise.
Worry steals not only our security, it wrecks our joy, spare it a thought and it’s not long before we are floundering again in a sea of uncertainty. For those who trust in Jesus we encounter him as we worship together as a church family, “where two or three are gathered together in my name there am I in the midst of them.” we’re always repeating it, but when the church can’t meet as circumstances now dictate, where then is the presence and peace of Christ. Quite simply he is with us still. Listen to this.....
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:3-5 NLT
Was it shorter? I don’t think so!!!