I would have despaired had I not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.
Psalms 27:13 AMP
We live in desperate times. Every nation of the world seems to have its own definition of what that means. From economic difficulty to political instability and rumours of war to international pandemics, there’s so much that can cause us to despair. As if that wasn’t enough, we have personal lives, work lives, family lives and so forth…and there’s so much that comes with that also.
As the realities of life cave in on me, I have become more and more understanding of David’s line of thought, ‘I would have despaired, had I not believed…’. It’s far too easy to fall into the pit of worry and anxiety about the very things Jesus asked us not to worry about- food, drink and clothing. Jesus’s way is this, ‘do not worry about your life! There’s also a promise to be a shield and a wall, a deliverer and a strong tower, as we go through tough seasons personally or as part of the human race (see Psalm 91).
In these moments, I find it comforting to know that God is near and His Spirit is constantly drawing my heart into a posture of worship. In worship, I’m reminded that He is good and faithful, that I am a child of God who is seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. I’m reminded that life on earth is temporary, that I’m here for a purpose and every day is a gift.
This hope is an anchor for my soul. What’s your anchor? In whom or what do you put your trust? Life as we know it is changing rapidly, and all these things are propelling us to the moment when heaven and earth is folded up like a curtain. What decisions are you making? And if you have not yet made a decision to follow Jesus, now is as good a time as any to do that. Ask Him to forgive you of the past and come into your heart and be the Lord and Saviour of your life.
God is near
Nearer than your breath
Closer than your skin
He is faithful
And every word that He speaks will be established
So let out your roar of worship
This is the way to host His presence
And encounter Him in a new way
With love and grace,