WELL, yesterday was difficult for lots of mums and daughters out there and a lot of emotional phone calls no doubt as in our family. As the Coronavirus crisis deepens and we see how things are headed in Italy there is a growing sense of fear particularly for and among an older generation. Simply telling people not to worry isn’t really helpful so if you are fearful pray for a sense of peace, and ask the Lord Jesus for grace and faith not to fear. Remember too, the Lord has given us minds to use so please be sensible.
PSALM31 is another of those Psalms where David expresses his anxiety to God and appeals for help. It’s important for us to remember that this is not the failure of faith but it’s outworking; it is God to whom he looks. So then, in the heart of the Psalm in verses 14-15 we find he expresses his confidence in this... “But I trust in you, Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ my times are in your hands.”
His growing confidence is expressed as the psalm draws to a conclusion and his experience of answered prayer is shared as he calls others in the final verse. “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”. Maybe that’s enough for now and I’ll close with Jesus words which perhaps we should read before the day ends. Matthew 6:19-34
“..... if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?" (NLT)
That doesn’t guarantee an easy ride, but Jesus himself assures us of God’s loving care whatever the day brings. To believe that in trouble does honour God”
I THOUGHT TODAY we might use St Patrick’s Brestplate (IPH 162) as the basis of our prayer
I bind myself to God today, the strong and holy Trinity,
To know his name and make him known,
The Three in One and One in Three.
I bind myself to God today
To his great power to hold and lead,
His eye to watch me on my way,
His ear to listen to my need;
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, his shield to ward,
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ to seek me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ sustaining all who love me,
Christ uniting friend and stranger,
Praise God my strength and my salvation,
Praise in the Spirit, through Christ my Lord. AMEN.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_yv5yGZnBc (Stuart Townend)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc8N7-miYSg (Alistair Begg Ps31)