offered by Aileen Van Ginkel
The Book of Psalms offers us a crazy mix of desperation and hope, usually within a single psalm. On the one hand we have verses like these in Psalm 6:
Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak.
Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
I am sick at heart.
How long, O Lord, until you restore me?
Return, O Lord, and rescue me.
Save me because of your unfailing love (vv. 2-3).
And then, a few verses down,
The Lord has heard my plea;
the Lord will answer my prayer (v. 9).
The reference to God’s “unfailing love” is the hinge-point in Psalm 6 and others like it. Recognizing God’s unfailing love is the route to building hope and assurance that everything will be alright.
We live in a time when something as ordinary as grocery shopping has become fraught with concerns about food shortages and virus contamination. We’re inundated with news of those who are ill with COVID-19 and those who are experiencing the pandemic’s economic repercussions, in many cases escalating tensions at home. We question when “alright” will ever come and what it will look like when it does.
Rock-bottom faith in God’s unfailing love rooted the psalm-writers. Let’s pray that it will be our mainstay as well.
Dear God, nothing is like it used to be and the end to this crisis isn’t in sight. We need assurance that your ears are open to the pleas of so many people in need at this time. Help us to rest our hearts in your unfailing love for us. Amen.