Daily Devotional: Psalms 62:1-6
1 My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. 3 How long will you assault a man? Would all of you throw him down--this leaning wall, this tottering fence? 4 They fully intend to topple him from his lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse. Selah 5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. 6 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
If we ever lived in a time when we need to turn to God, it is now. We are facing a crisis that is beyond the control of all mankind. We hear all kinds of rumors of who and what is to blame but blame does not fix anything. As in any crisis, it is necessary that everyone put others ahead of themselves and seek unity of spirit and purpose. But as Christians, this should be how we live anyway.
I talked with a man (not a Christian) recently who said he had been trying to cut down on his consumption of alcoholic drinks. However, in face of this virus and all of the potential dangers, plus the rapid decline in the stock markets, he is actually drinking more now than ever. But he also lives in constant fear of global warming and stockpiles guns and ammo in case the government tries to take his life.
Paul said there were those who were without God and without hope.
What a sad way to live when we have the promise of God and the hope in Jesus so freely offered to all mankind. Living in Jesus we can have peace of mind as we turn all of our troubles over to him. It doesn’t matter if it is a thorn in our finger or a world pandemic, God can control either equally, giving his peace to all who put their trust in him. We live in hope; hope for our lives now and hope for eternity. The worst this world has to offer is to die but that is the goal and desire of all who are in Christ, living for him. So we can say with Paul, it is better to be with the Lord.