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Prepare Yourself for the Victory

Psalm 18:14-24 (The Message)

They hit me when I was down,     but God stuck by me. He stood me up on a wide-open field;     I stood there saved—surprised to be loved!

20-24 God made my life complete     when I placed all the pieces before him. When I got my act together,     he gave me a fresh start. Now I’m alert to God’s ways;     I don’t take God for granted. Every day I review the ways he works;     I try not to miss a trick. I feel put back together,    and I’m watching my step. God rewrote the text of my life     when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.

 David Song, Which He Sang to God After Being Saved from All His Enemies and from Saul

We live in a world full of adversaries, yet we do not always live in a world full of fear. It could be that we are complacent but I believe it is way more than that.  Complacency is a human condition that dogs everyone.  It’s the part of us that we notice the most often when it’s easier to ignore a problem than face it.  The reason that we do not always live in fear is because we have God who is bigger than any fear.

Should we be complacent today in the midst of this virus?  Absolutely not.  God’s got it.  God has it when we can’t see the outcome.  And right now it is difficult to see the outcome.  Does the fact that God’s got this stop us from praying for others and praying for ourselves.  No.  Does the fact that God’s got this stop us from taking necessary precautions to protect ourselves and others?   No.  This is actually a time to be more vigilante.  Social distancing, wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer; these are protective measures that have and are protecting us.  As science says “not yet”, I believe the science.  This is not like influenza or the flu, because the flu and influenza have multiple strains.  This is hopefully not going to branch off into multiple strains.  But science says it’s too early.  But does it mean I should live in fear because some are dropping their guard too early?  Absolutely not.

Psalm 18, one of the many songs we attribute to King David, is a song of victory.  God has delivered the children of Israel from the hands of an enemy.  That’s what it means to say “God’s got this”.  I believe it’s a song to celebrate that God’s got this.  And God, too, shall deliver us from the hands of this virus.

Pastor Jim

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