There are times when I, and I’m sure a lot of you, read different passages of Scripture like Psalm 46 and quickly skim through it, realizing it to be a pretty powerful section of God’s Word, yet not finding it very practical for that present moment. Yes, when life is good I mentally file away Psalm 46 for some other time. When the job is going well, the vehicles are running strong, the 401K is growing, our health and the health of our family is good and our relationships are strong we can read a verses 1-3, nod our head, and quickly move along. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.”
However, I’m sure we can all agree that a passage like this has new meaning for us now. I work in a hospital and when I say the coronavirus panic is strong I am understating things. Anxiety is high and nerves are frayed. Granted, central PA has been spared many positive cases, so far, yet the constant testing of patients, the quarantining of staff who may have been exposed to a Covid-positive patient and the low volume of PPE supplies have many on edge. One only has to watch 2 minutes of the World nightly news to see the horrors of what is happening in Italy and elsewhere and wonder if that could be coming here in the next few weeks.
Or maybe you are a business owner who has been told to shut down indefinitely. Or a single mom who has to juggle work responsibilities with children at home with schools being closed. Or perhaps one of those who have been laid off in the past several weeks. Yes at times like these Psalm 46 becomes a wonderful sanctuary for us as believers. Though the earth be removed, we should not fear; our God is our refuge and strength. No matter where you find yourself as we struggle through this pandemic may we each find comfort in our wonderful Heavenly Father and find the strength to be strong no matter what tomorrow holds.