Coronavirus. Contamination. Unemployment. Lock Down, and Worry. These five words define
our life in the past few months. Everything has changed and normal might never be “normal” again. There seems to be nothing but worries and bad news swirling around our heads, and at every turn we can see the consequences of this virus. It goes without saying that panic is widespread. People are getting anxious and worried about the overall impact that COVID-19 could have on our jobs, our families, and our daily lives as they used to be. But there is hope; a hope that transcends everything else.
Psalm 24 talks about this hope, and it expounds on the solid Rock that will never break even in life's toughest storms. Verses 1-2 say: The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters
Most believe that this Psalm was written by King David when he bought the land intended for
the Temple, and it was meant to be read during its opening by his son, Solomon. Thus, David here wants to wholly emphasize the greatness of our God in their worship.
This focus on God is desperately needed during this time of turmoil and uncertainty. When worry starts to creep in from the darkest corners of your mind, consider what Jesus said: “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of morevalue than they?” (Matt: 6:26) Our Father in heaven created the Earth and everything belongs to Him. avid further emphasizes that when he says “and all its fullness," and this shows that you and I are God’sand He cares for our well-being and will never forsake us.
Further down the psalm, in verse 7, it reads: “Lift up your heads, O your gates! And be lifted up,
you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle.” The Lord has already won the war against sin, and we do not need to worry about the pestilence or diseases that swarm around us!
While these worries nibble at our heels, we must remember to do what is right in the eyes of God;
verses 3 and 4 say:
Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD?
Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not trust in an idol
or swear by a false god.
Does this mean that life is a bed of roses and nothing bad will ever happen to God’s children? Of
course not! Will we suffer in this world? Yes! God never guarantees that life is a walk in the park. The famous John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress depicts this life as a treacherous journey with attacks all around. But there is one key factor in those attacks that no one else on Earth has: the constant presence of Christ. He will give you the strength to fight the worry, temptation, and grief.
In these times we live in, let our souls and minds grow stronger against trouble. These times that mold us into a better person. Thus, do not worry about what this life may bring; He will be with you till the end of your days and into eternity.
Yeshuwa Varghese (15) is on staff with CLM/TPS Chapel and a student at The Potter's School.