“Incline Your ear, O Lord, and answer me…” Psalm 86:1
These are uncertain days for our country, indeed, for the world. God’s creation is moaning and groaning, wreathing with the pain of sickness and death. People are staying in their homes, keeping away from each other trying to stop the spread of this evil called Coronavirus. This could be called World War 111—the war that we have been dreading for a long time now. However, it could be said that we never expected to be facing an unseen and unknown enemy. It is hard enough to fight an enemy that you know and see, but this is unprecedented. How do we fight it? Let us turn to the Psalms for some Godly wisdom.
The Psalmist—mostly David who had sinned greatly in the sight of the Lord, and had enemies (some he did not know) cries out to God for help and forgiveness, in repentance. Here is where we find ourselves today. We are in a fight for our lives! We need to assess where we have been and where we want to be going. Today is the day of salvation. Do you not see it?
Psalm 86 is a Psalm of supplication for help against enemies. This virus, although it cannot be seen, is our enemy. It is against everyone—the young, old, rich, poor, no matter what nationality, or party you belong to, or color, or creed—we are all in this together. And there is only one way to fight it and win this war—TOGETHER.
David writes, “All nations you have made shall come and bow down before you, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.” (Psalm 86:9) God is faithful. He is, was, and ever shall be. “I am the Alpha and the Omega” says the Lord God, “who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8) The only way to win this war is to come together as one—united we stand, divided we fall. Put away prejudices and haughty ideas and humble yourselves before the Lord. I say again, today is the day of salvation!
Jeremiah writes: “Call to me and I will answer you and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” (33:3) The Psalmist writes, “In the day of trouble I call on you, for you will answer me.” (Psalm 86:7) Remember God loves you. He knew you before you were born; He knew you before you were in the womb. (Jeremiah 1:5) He will never forsake you nor leave you. (Hebrews 13:5) So therefore, when you humble yourself and bow your knee to honor His Holy name, “Steadfast love and faithfulness WILL meet; righteousness and peace WILL kiss each other. Faithfulness WILL spring up from the ground, and righteousness WILL look down from the sky. The Lord WILL give what is good and our land WILL increase.” (Psalm 85:1-10)
Together—you, me, and the Lord—we will win this war and defeat the enemy. With the Lord’s help we will kick ole-sloo-foot in the butt and send him yelping back to his cave. Amen? Amen.
Father, I know—I feel, that You are about to reveal Yourself to me, and all who believe, in a great and mighty way. May we recognize each other when that Great Day comes. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen
Psalm 85 Psalm 86 Habakkuk 3:2