How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them” (Psalm 84:1-5). Oh how wonderful it is to have the Word of God in these troubling times. If one were to listen solely to the news, we would be waiting for the Susquehanna River to turn bloody at any moment. Surely this is the eleventh plague of Egypt!
I don’t know what people, without trust in God, are doing in these times. Actually, they are doing the same thing they do daily- running about hopeless. Granted the times are troubling. Certainly there is a need to be safe and wise. And there is much truth to what the world’s scientists tell us in regard to this spreading scourge. But once again, we should not put our stock solely in what the CDC, WHO, FBI or YMCA tell us. God is sovereign and He is in control of a world that seems out of control.
We sit in our houses and limit our outside activities in hope we’ll not be affected. But let’s not chew our nails down to the quick. God has provided us our homes to safely dwell in. He has given us the wisdom for these troubling times- so we need to apply it. I don’t suggest going outside and daring germs to inhabit our bodies. That is foolish and tempting God. Instead, let us use our time reflecting on the watch care of a God who cares for us and always makes provision for His own.
So in our abundance of time, let’s focus on the positive and less on the negative. Take comfort in Scripture and search for God’s Words of protection and comfort. “O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah. Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed. For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee” (Psalm 84:8-12). Hang your hat on these precious promises. No matter what happens-our God reigns!