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Thoughts and Reflections on Scripture



Friday, April 17th, 2020
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This has been a challenging week for me. I am a person of routine, and despite my best efforts, I am finding it difficult to maintain some semblance of order. It's taking me a lot longer to plan and organize worship services than it did when we were meeting in the church, partly because I'm trying to involve as many people as possible, and it's difficult to coordinate such a thing via virtual communication.

I'm asking various people to submit videos of corporate prayer, scripture reading, call to worship, special music, etc. This has me quite frazzled, and it's causing me stress too, and maybe even affecting the quality of my Psalm worship videos too. (I'm sorry about that!)

Having us all sequestered in one home, not able to get out much to enjoy friendships, nature, the joy of worshipping together is putting emotional pressure on everyone.

So, on that topic, I picked this Psalm, for it seemed appropriate. Fear is so commonplace all over the world right now! People are afraid of losing their loved ones, or even their own lives. We have all seen the change in our local economies, and many of us have personally suffered loss in some form or another as a result of this rampant disease. I've heard from friends who have lost their jobs, lost opportunities to advance in school, and more. My own boys will not be able to experience graduation ceremonies from University and High School! For many it is much worse.

Lord, we pray with the Psalmist in verse 5: hide us in your shelter through this day of trouble. Conceal us under the cover of your tent! Set us high on a rock, and lift up our heads!

Protect us, we pray, in Jesus' name!